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The XC-1 Gryphon began development designated "YF-23" as part of the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) project, a competition for the development of a next generation of air-superiority fighter, capable of surpassing all known
competition rivals?. With the first plans to create x-Corps, the almost complete prototype was secretly transferred to Area 51 and re-designated "XC-1 Gryphon". USAF engineers upgraded the XC-1 with a Carbon Nanotube Reinforced (CNR) Composite structure and hull, hydrogen powered Pulse Detonation Engines (PDE), advanced ElectroActive Polymer (EAP) actuators, and the experimental Alphawave Mental Control (AMC) system. As a result, the XC-1 Gryphon outperforms all other fighter jets in terms of stealth, range, speed and maneuverability.
The use of CNR Composite not only significantly reduces the radar signature of the XC-1, but also provides unprecedented structural strength, increasing the amount of stress and damage the airframe can endure. The CNR Composites also prove to be much lighter than the carbon fiber composite originally used by the YF-23. The PDE used by the Gryphon is capable of producing 30% more thrust than the original engines despite being half the size and weight. Until now the use of hydrogen as jet fuel has not only been handicapped by its extreme combustibility but even more by the fact that, although a kilogram of liquid hydrogen has three times as much energy as a kilogram of conventional kerosene fuel, liquid hydrogen would take up four times as much space. However, researchers at Area 51 have come up with a Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) compound that can store up to 75% of its weight in liquid hydrogen and reduces the space required by 70%. The MOF compound acts as a "sponge", absorbing the liquid hydrogen and enabling it to be easily and safely stored at room temperature. The use of the MOF storage matrix as well as the weight freed up by the use of the PDE and CNR Composites gives the Gryphon an operational range unmatched by any other jet fighters.
Another technological advancement introduced in the Gryphon is the use of ElectroActive Polymer
(EAP) actuators in an aircraft. EAPs are carbon based compounds that contract and expand when voltage is applied. The main hurdle to the use of EAP is that most EAP compounds of these composites require too high a voltage to stimulate the smallest movement, and even then, the strength of the EAP actuators is too low for the electrical energy expended. However, military research yielded an EAP compound that reduced the voltage required and was yet strong enough to be used as actuator in interceptor class aircraft. The use of wires and EAP actuators to replace hydraulic control systems not only lead to further weight loss, but also to an increase d in responsiveness. This, combined with increased improved maneuverability due to thrust vectoring systems, gives the XC-1 an agility unmatched by any other conventional fighter.
The Alphawave Mental Control system is a revolutionary approach to controlling an aircraft. An EEG implant, placed on the pilot's meninges picks up the patterns of electric brain activity, allowing the trained pilot to effectively control the aircraft with his "thoughts". Although the first reception by the pilots was not too eager, the greatly simplified man-machine interface and its significantly enhanced responsiveness in comparison to conventional fly-by-wire controls soon won a majority over. In the event that the XC-1 encounters UFOs that cannot be detected by the onboard sensors, the XC-1 can still target the UFO as long as the pilot is capable of seeing and focusing on it. Nevertheless, conventional controls remain in the cockpit as they provide tactile feedback to the pilot as well as act as a fallback control system in the event of a malfunction.
Equipped with advanced phase variance rotating Doppler scanner, IR imaging radar systems and Lidar, the XC-1 possesses unprecedented detection, identification and targeting capabilities. The XC-1 Gryphon can track, identify and engage a target with the radar return of a car at ranges beyond 120 kilometers.
A truly impressive leap in military aircraft technology, the XC-1 represents the current pinnacle of aircraft design, and it will be essential in the battle to defend Earth from the Alien menace.
"That A-wave interface takes a little getting used to, but after a couple flights you pretty much forget the stick is even there."
- John "Bughunter" McMichaels
If we are using an acronym for words, it should match. For example, "Electroactive Polymer" should be abbreviated EP, not EAP. "ElectroActive Polymer" on the other hand, can be abbreviated as EAP, hence my change in the first paragraph. Also, once you define an acronym it is not necessary to redefine it again later on (unless it shows up a couple pages
later). I should also mention that "USAF engineers" would probably not be the people doing the upgrades to an aircraft, a military contractor like Lockheed or Boeing would
BTW, I really like the last paragraph, Mad. Nice!
Edited by Zombie, 20 June 2008 - 10:03 PM.