Wednesday, 7 March 2018

COINCIDENCE? Some of the SR-71's used 'Aspen' as a call sign.

ASPEN is the code name for RW Bussard's nuclear aerospace plane. 

"One day, high above Arizona , we were monitoring the radio traffic of all the mortal airplanes below us. First, a Cessna pilot asked the air traffic controllers to check his ground speed. "Ninety knots," ATC replied. A twin Bonanza soon made the same request. "One-twenty on the ground," was the reply. To our surprise, a navy F-18 came over the radio with a ground speed check. I knew exactly what he was doing. Of course, he had a ground speed indicator in his cockpit, but he wanted to let all the bug-smashers in the valley know what real speed was "Dusty 52, we show you at 620 on the ground," ATC responded. The situation was too ripe. I heard the click of Walter's mike button in the rear seat. In his most innocent voice, Walter startled the controller by asking for a ground speed check from 81,000 feet, clearly above controlled airspace. In a cool, professional voice, the controller replied, "Aspen 20, I show you at 1,982 knots on the ground." We did not hear another transmission on that frequency all the way to the coast."


Friday, 2 March 2018


One thing yet to be mentioned about Russia's newly unveiled nuclear ramjet technology is that it will greatly reduce the cost to put a pound of payload into orbit by an order of magnitude. SpaceX puts a pound of payload into orbit for around 1200 dollars. Heavy lifting Nuclear Thermal Rockets (NTR) can put a pound into orbit for around 100. The question is will America license entrepreneurs like Elon Musk to use NTR's? In addition to that Russia's new compact reactor could revolutionize the energy industry putting the "fossil fuel" industry out of business. If Russia chooses to go that route, they could become the global leader in reversing climate change. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the years to come.

The article shows that Project Pluto, America's nuclear ramjet program that produced the SR-71's nuclear engines, was going to be capable of high altitude flight. America has never publicly revealed their capability. Russia's bold move into this arena will be a real game changer. Elon Musk better look out. This technology if he is barred from being able to use it himself will kill SpaceX in any free market competition. It could also kill his solar power dreams as well.