Still Waters Posted August 10, 2011 #1 Share Posted August 10, 2011 (IP: Staff) · An experimental unmanned aircraft that can go 20 times the speed of sound is to undergo a crucial test flight today.The Falcon HTV-2 will be launched on a rocket into space then will glide back down to Earth at speeds of 13,000 miles per hour. The previous test flight lasted only nine minutes before being deliberately crashed as a safety measure due to technical difficulties. Today’s missions, should it succeed, could set new records in sub-orbital space travel and could pave the way for a generation of super weapons. The rocket carrying the Falcon will take off between 7am and 1pm Pacific Standard Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard an Air Force Minotaur IV rocket, which is a decommissioned ballistic missile The Falcon will then separate off and come back down at colossal speeds - it would take less than 12 minutes to fly from New York to Los Angeles, a journey which takes a normal jet more than five hours. Read more... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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