Test of Hypersonic Aircraft Fails over Pacific Ocean

HTV-2 (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Apparently the “alien technology transfer” some conspiracy theorists like to talk about isn’t working out so well for us:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/08/vandenberg-launch-hypersonic-vehicle-fails.html

A Thursday morning flight test of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) didn’t quite go as planned. The craft is designed to reach speeds of Mach 20, meaning twenty times the speed of sound. The flight on Thursday was planned for 30 minutes, but controllers lost telemetry 20 minutes into the flight. Don’t worry: they say it “likely” ditched itself into the Pacific Ocean.

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