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Friday, April 23, 2010

Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 Launched

UNITED STATES LAUNCHES TWO NEW HYPERSONIC SPACE PLANES IN A SINGLE DAY: --- Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. launched the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22, 2010 from Space Launch Complex-8 with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.

The Falcon is a suborbital vehicle launched on a solid-fuel rocket booster made from a decommissioned ballistic missile. Just outside the atmosphere, the plane separates from the rocket and glides back to Earth at more than 13,000 mph - more than 20 times the speed of sound, reports The Washington Times. For this maiden lift-off, the rocket was in a "lite" configuration consisting of only the first three stages and no fourth stage due to mission requirements [UPDATE].

DARPA's $308 million research program is building two Falcon vehicles, the second of which is scheduled for launch early next year. Defense analysts say the Falcon is part of the Pentagon's effort to develop the capability to strike anywhere in the world with a conventional warhead in less than an hour - known as Conventional Prompt Global Strike, or CPGS. [Scenario Animation Video]

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Minotaur IV was made from a Peacekeeper, not the Falcon.

Koops said...

What a fascinating blog you have here! Thank you for this article. I read this piece with a great deal of interest, and couldn't help but wonder if DARPA could also be developing space-based kinetic weapons, of the type described by Peter Hamilton and Neil Stephenson.

Anonymous said...

Well now its missing.... I don't really know what to say about that one. I would guess Massive structural damage and it crashed in the ocean, or NAZI UFO"S haha.

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Anonymous said...

Awesome article. It’s really interesting that BrahMos is going hypersonic in the new version. I wonder how it will compare to X-51 Waverider. Here are some amazing videos of both hypersonic missiles at http://hypersonicmissile.com

Anonymous said...

Awesome article. It’s really interesting that BrahMos is going hypersonic in the new version. I wonder how it will compare to X-51 Waverider. Here are some amazing videos of both hypersonic missiles at http://hypersonicmissile.com