(ORDO NEWS) — China‘s rocket scientists are developing a supersonic boron-powered rocket. Such a missile should be able to fly and then dive into the water and act like a torpedo, according to the South China Morning Post.
It is reported that a five-meter rocket will be able to fly at a speed of 2.5 times the speed of sound, at an altitude of about 10 kilometers.
Having covered a distance of 200 kilometers in this way, the rocket will lock on to a target that is within a radius of 10 kilometers, and then switch to torpedo mode and move underwater at a speed of 100 meters per second due to its ability to supercavitate – creating a giant air bubble around itself.
The researchers also say the missile will be able to change course or dive abruptly to depths of up to 100 meters to evade anti-torpedo defenses without losing speed.
This all sounds pretty fantastic. The most difficult thing, of course, is to create a power plant that will provide the necessary thrust both in the air and under water.
According to scientists, this problem can be solved by using boron, which actively reacts in both environments, releasing a huge amount of heat.
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