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Old 08-10-2011, 08:05 PM  
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US military to launch fastest-ever plane

US military to launch fastest-ever plane

Unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 can travel from London to Sydney in less than an hour


By the time you finish reading this sentence, the Falcon HTV-2, the fastest plane ever built, could have flown 18 miles. It would get from London to Sydney in less than an hour, while withstanding temperatures of almost 2,000C, hotter than the melting point of steel.

At 3pm BST on Thursday , the US Defence Advance Research Projects Agency will launch the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 on the back of a rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. If all goes to plan, engineers will launch the Falcon HTV-2 to the edge of space, before detaching the plane and guiding it on a hypersonic flight that will reach speeds of 13,000mph (about 20 times the speed of sound) on its return to Earth.

The Falcon started life in 2003, part of a US military research project to build a plane that could reach (and potentially deliver bombs to) any part of the world in less than an hour.

The plane has been tested in computer models and wind tunnels, but they can only simulate speeds up to Mach 15 (11,400mph). A real test is the only way to determine if the plane will remain flying at high speeds.

Thursday's flight will also test the carbon composite materials designed to withstand the extreme temperatures the plane will experience on its skin and also the navigation systems that will control its trajectory as it moves at almost four miles per second.

The design and flight pattern of the plane has been tweaked since an aborted test flight in April last year. Nine minutes into that mission, which succeeded in flying for 139 seconds at Mach 22 (16,700mph), the onboard computer detected an anomaly and ordered the plane to ditch into the ocean for safety reasons.

Unlike most other rocket launches, this one will not be shown live online, though it will be possible to follow the plane's progress via tweets from @DARPA_News.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...t-plane-falcon
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:34 AM   #46
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Just think. This is what they're willing to talk about publicly. Imagine the shit that's kept secret.
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Old 08-11-2011, 01:39 AM   #47
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Guess not, technically. Terminal velocity and all. But it reads like they're kind of imitating a shuttle re-entry.
What I'm thinking is: this Rocket goes up from US, comes down over target so fast it cannot be shot down.
Zoom goes the dynamite!!
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:06 AM   #48
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Yeah... imagine the shit that's kept secret.
Yep. We could totally fly one of those things into our own skyscrapers and blame terrorists. Amirite?
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:27 AM   #49
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Heh, I've said that ever since I found out that the gubment kept the SR-71 under wraps for nearly 30 years before going public with it. I'm convinced they've perfected warp drive and are currently working on quantum torpedoes.
They didn't.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:31 AM   #50
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can do a better one tomorrow

This brings up a separate topic: what's the Arrowhead "clip" going to be this season before kickoffs?

Never liked the "Transformers" thing... was hoping they'd do something with an Ironman theme (colors match). Guess we'll find out soon enough.

Sorry for the hijack...
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:16 AM   #51
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:45 AM   #52
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If I left my house at 8:29, I could be tailgating at 8:30. Pretty solid.
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:49 AM   #53
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:50 AM   #54
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:30 AM   #56
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DARPA only has 2 of these, I guess, and if this one falls into the ocean like the first one did, they will scrap the project? Sounds like a huge waste should it happen.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:40 AM   #57
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DARPA only has 2 of these, I guess, and if this one falls into the ocean like the first one did, they will scrap the project? Sounds like a huge waste should it happen.
I wouldn't think that these were designed to land (gracefully).
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:51 AM   #58
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All the while China is or has moved into the number one or two spot of superpower status, (albeit 10 years ago they were third world). Great movement for the U.S. How many weeks before China launches their own bird that rivals ours?

Funny, China still receives money from Japan for their world war two horrific acts though they are on par if not surpassing our current military strength....My brothers and sisters....China is our next enemy...
China is still a ways behind us. Also they are to the level they have too much to lose US and vice versa. China will eventually become our biggest ally again.
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Personally, they need to put a giant fist on the thing. For a falcon punch.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:43 AM   #60
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The second one just launched. Going well and will land in the ocean.
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