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US Military “Loses” Hypersonic Airplane

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(US Air Force)

Honey, guess what just landed in the backyard!   The US Military today announced, sheepishly, that a hypersonic test airplane lost it’s telemetry early today after being launched from a secret test location: meaning,  we lost the project…

US military officials with the Defense Department have been developing a hypersonic aircraft for military use, and possible civilian application.  Hypersonic aircraft would travel at up to 2o times the speed of sound, allowing the US to respond to emergencies, issues, and dangerous military situations almost instantly.  The  Falcon Hypersonic Vehicle Technology -2- “glider” was supposed to mirror the earlier test this year of Vehicle -1-.  Once launched, it would transmit important flight data before being intentionally crashed into the ocean.  The data gathered would allow scientists to determine how well the aircraft is holding up, stresses and faults, and if humans could survive the stress.  The first test went exactly as planned, but shortly after takeoff Thursday, the military reported an instant loss of telemetry on Vehicle -2-…meaning, they lost it.  Officials do not know if it is still airborne (not likely) or if it crashed, where?   Some fear such technology must be kept from falling into the hands of “unfriendly” nations.   Hypersonic technology is different from space travel-this theory would be largely confined to getting from one part of the world to another.

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