X-49 the Aerospace Fighter
In the early 1980s, after reading the Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, and Discover magazines and aviation books about X-15 that flew in the highest altitude at the edge of Earths atmosphere and fastest speed and X-20 Dyna-Soar that was developed in 1959 but later canceled in 1963, I have drawn my own designs of the reusable delta-winged fighter or plane that looked like Todays modern jet fighter in space. It was required to use the twin jet engines in the air and a single main rocket engine in space. Like our space shuttles external tank, it needed the twin external tanks to make an aerospace plane boost into space. Like special Boeing 747 carrying our space shuttle orbiter, Boeing 767 or C-5 Galaxy was needed to carry an aerospace plane and its twin external tanks for taking off the ground. I later called the aerospace fighter X-49.
How X-49 the aerospace fighter flies into space:
1. X-49 on its twin external tanks is placed on the Boeing 767 before taking off.
2. Boeing 767 carrying X-49 and its twin external tanks takes off the ground.
3. Reaching the mid-air (40,000 to 42,000 feet, 7.5 to 8 miles, or 12 to 12.9 kilometers in altitude), Boeing 767 releases X-49 and its twin external tanks.
4. While Boeing 767 flies away, its external tanks feed X-49 to boost its main engine and fly higher and faster. It could reach Mach 7 (seven times the speed of the sound; 5187 miles per hour or 8351 kilometers per hour) (Mach 1 equals 741 miles per hour or 1193 kilometers per hour).
5. X-49 reaches the edge of Earths atmosphere (about 400,000 feet, 75.5 miles, or 121.6 kilometers in altitude) and then separates its empty external tanks.
6. X-49 uses its own fuel tanks to boost its main engine to reach the orbit around Earth (Its orbital speed is 17,500 miles per hour or 28,175 kilometers per hour).
7. X-49 remains in orbit while its spy cameras to photograph the secret locations.
8. While the mission completes, X-49 boosts its main engine to deorbit.
9. While entering into Earths atmosphere, its heat shield tiles keep X-49 cool and safe from being burnt.
10. After reentry, X-49 opens its jet engines air hatches and boosts them to fly in the mid-air in enough far distance from the landing or air base. If it is not enough, the refueling airplane will fill the aerospace fighter in the mid-air.
11. X-49 deploys its landing gear and then lands safety. Mission accomplished.
12. X-49 can be a reusable aerospace vehicle like space shuttle orbiters. It will fly again and again.
X-49 is designed to carry one or two passengers in the air and space. It could stay in orbit for up to four days. It could have food/water supplies, life support system, and mini-lavatory (zero-gravity toilet). Like our space shuttle orbiter, X-49 has its thrusters and heat shield tiles. Like an airplane, X-49 has its flaps, elevations, and rudder (air brake).
X-49 could be used for experimental, classified spy, or satellite repair missions. Of course, it may be a fictional aerospace fighter X-49 for making of my future graphic novels.
X-49 in the air: [link]
X-49 Top View: [link]
X-49 TETs Top View: [link]
X-49 Side View: [link]
X-49 TETs Side View: [link]
X-49 TETs Side View 2: [link]