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Old 08-10-2011, 07:05 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, 09:46 AM   #61
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The second one just launched. Going well and will land in the ocean.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:47 AM   #62
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The second one just launched. Going well and will land in the ocean.
"LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast."

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/articl...st-1867549.php
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:54 AM   #63
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"LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast."

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:57 AM   #64
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"LOS ANGELES (AP) The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast."

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/articl...st-1867549.php
And there goes 800 billion trillion bagillion dollars down the drain.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:24 AM   #65
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Bummer.

If the thing had a Chiefs logo on it, I might be a little more upset.

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Old 08-11-2011, 10:29 AM   #66
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #67
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Aliens shot it down.
HAARP, actually.
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HAARP, actually.
Aliens took control of HAARP and shot it down, and the hyperdimensional resonance from the attack reached the central chamber of the great pyramid at giza, which activated the great sphinx, causing it to raise its left paw, revealing to the world the long-hidden Chamber of Knowledge prophesied by Edgar Cayse.
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And there goes 800 billion trillion bagillion dollars down the drain.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:44 AM   #74
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Just think. This is what they're willing to talk about publicly. Imagine the shit that's kept secret.
Many years ago the US hired an unnamed company to experiment "creating" and guiding hurricanes and tornados. The unnamed department in the government spent a bunch of money on the experiment. I guess they thought why not use weather to battle the commies?
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