Lockheed Martin Speed Racer Aircraft Specification Reviews – Skunk Works’ Speed Racer is being developed to streamline the process of developing aerospace systems and weapons.
Lockheed Martin Speed Racer Aircraft Specification Reviews
|Type||Speed Racer (the name of the base project)|
|Year of development||2022|
|Development Status||Under development|
|Manufacturer||Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works|
|Engine||Two Kratos turbojet engines, type and output unknown|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – A privately held Skunk Works subsidiary under the Lockheed Martin Corporation is developing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can be launched into the sky to facilitate rapid development elsewhere in the aviation industry.
The new platform, dubbed “Speed Racer,” is designed to test the feasibility of new manufacturing processes, aerial systems, and weapons, but first, it must make a major financial and material commitment.
The Aerospace Warfare Workshop, held from February 24 to 26, revealed the features of this aircraft.
Designed as a partial anti-aircraft missile, the UAV has a relatively flat, smooth jaw-shaped cross-section with a tapered nose and rear-mounted engine compartment.
Above the backline is a hard-closing hinge for carrying it under the wing of an aircraft carrier for airlift. The main engines are spring-loaded, located low against the fuselage, and open when ready for flight.
The layout of the tailplane is a trihedral layout with one outwardly rotating surface at the rear and one ventral surface shown.
The aircraft will have twin-turbo jet engines inside, provided by Kratos Turbine Technology (KTT). The exhaust will remain closed prior to launch and will be ejected before the two units are ignited.
At the same time as this maneuver, the main engine will move forward, but when fully deployed, it will be positioned aft for aerodynamic efficiency.
The possibility of carrying ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) equipment and explosive warheads is also being developed, which may reveal more details about the dual-role capability envisioned for the next United States Air Force (USAF).
According to information provided to Aviation Week by a Skunk Works spokesperson, Lockheed’s Extreme Racer will begin ground testing in the “near future.” This means that Lockheed is building a real aircraft in addition to the digital twin.
Ground testing typically involves surveillance and reliability tests to check for unusual vibrations and whether the aircraft can carry its nominal payload when stationary or moving under its own power. Next comes the actual flight test.
At this point, I knew nothing about Polaris. The name itself is a cryptic acronym, but “(numerically) it doesn’t necessarily mean the car is fast,'” Joe Pokora, Lockheed’s Speed Racer program manager, told Aviation Week. So ‘Speed Racer,’ an obvious homage to the Japanese anime series, may not be a high-speed aircraft system. “That’s something we’ll find out soon enough.