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US Military To Launch Fastest-ever Plane  
User currently offlineholzmann From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 268 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

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.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011...0/us-military-fastest-plane-falcon

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User currently offlineoykie From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

There is another article suggesting that weather got it delayed 24 hours.Still waiting for an update:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...rpa-hypersonic-test-postponed.html



Dream no small dream; it lacks magic. Dream large, then go make that dream real - Donald Douglas
User currently onlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

That article was ridiculous. This is just a test platform, launched from a rocket that was suppose to run for about two minutes.

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...arpa-loses-contact-with-htv-2.html

Looks like the second failure in a row. The numbers don't really make much sense to me. They're talking about orbital velocity, and I can see why you'd want to push your way through air at that speed when you could just go up a few miles and glide through space. An ICBM type vehicle is far simpler.



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineoykie From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5212 times:

So it seems. Too bad. I really hoped they got it right after the problems experiences earlier. Not sure if we will ever need vehicle at these speeds, but I still enjoy to learn that we are still breaking new boundaries.  


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