30 August 2012
MOSCOW, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A hypersonic vehicle meant to deploy satellites into orbit is based in part of the Su-27 series of Russian military aircraft, documents reveal.

Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reports that it obtained documents from the space design bureau of research agency NPO Molniya that reveal plans for a hypersonic booster called Hammer.

"The first stage of the project has been designed for the internal and external configuration of the Hammer hypersonic pilotless booster," the documents state. "It will be capable of carrying small satellites of up to 1,700 pounds into orbits from 125-300 miles.

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