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08-11-11, 07:06 PM #1
Military researchers lose contact with fastest unmanned aircraft ever launchedMilitary researchers conducting the flight of the fastest unmanned aircraft ever launched said Thursday they had lost contact with the vehicle.
The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle (HTV-2) had successfully separated from the launch vehicle and was performing "glide phase" maneuvers meant to test its aerodynamics when contact was lost, according to an 11 a.m. (ET) Twitter post from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The latest tweet, at 12:30 p.m. said downrange trackers were unable to relocate the HTV2 but the vehicle "has an autonomous flight termination capability".
The hypersonic aircraft was intended to eventually land in the Pacific Ocean.
08-12-11, 09:39 PM #2Officer First Class
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All part of progress.
The USAF loses contact with UAVs all the time and they are going barely 300mph.
Mach 20?! Jeeebus.
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08-13-11, 10:19 PM #4
I think I just heard a loud noise in my backyard. Be right back.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
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