The Vulcan

The Vulcan propulsion system by DARPA is “intended to power a full-scale reusable hypersonic cruise vehicle like the Falcon HTV-3X, and to do it by 2012.” Video after the break.

The CVC will function only at supersonic speeds. It’s essentially a slender tube with few or no moving parts through which air is compressed at high speeds.

[via NewLaunches]