Pentagon’s Mach 20 Craft Is Lost Over The Pacific During Test

Diposkan oleh Muhammad Tsani Abdul Hakim on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mach 20 Test Goes Awry, Military Craft Lost -- CBS News


(Update: 1:06 p.m. EDT)The U.S. military lost contact with an unmanned hypersonic glider shortly after it launched on a test flight today (Aug. 12) as part of a global strike weapons program to develop vehicles capable of flying at Mach 20 and reach any target in the world in an hour.

The DARPA glider, called the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California atop a Minotaur 4 rocket at 7:45 a.m. PDT.

According to DARPA updates, the test flight appeared to go well until the glide phase, when monitoring stations lost contact with the HTV-2 vehicle.

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After launching on a rocket, DARPA's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle prototype reaches suborbital space and then re-enters Earth's atmosphere at speeds of about Mach 20 (DARPA)

More News On The Military's Lost Of The Falcon HTV-2

Falcon HTV-2 is lost during bid to become fastest ever plane
-- The Guardian

U.S. loses contact with hypersonic experimental plane -- National Post

Sinking Feeling: Pentagon’s Mach 20 Craft Drops Out of Sight -- Wall Street Journal

Contact lost: 'Hypersonic glider' capable of 13,000 mph speeds -- USA Today

The Military Just Lost ANOTHER Hypersonic Jet Over The Pacific -- Business Insider

Test of hypersonic aircraft fails over Pacific Ocean -- L.A. Times

US military loses contact with hypersonic aircraft -- AFP

Hypersonic Plane: Experimental HTV-2 Launches, Loses Contact -- ABC News

My Comment: This failure will probably kill the program.

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