Forgotten SR-71 Competitor: Project Hazel

Forgotten not by us! This project lost the bid for the US military’s high flying reconnaissance jet. The SR-71 won. Strange enough. The Hazel would probably have been faster and higher, but somehow inflated dirigible craft are considered not standard. So, just like the skin of the ISS, aluminum was the envelope of choice. I believe the fabric designs of Bigelow’s space habitat and the gossamer wings of JP Aerospace’s Ascender craft will show the way for rotational spaceships of similar design. To stay abreast of changes, start with The Space Trade Update and my next book on building ships in orbit.

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