From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 12:42:33 -0300 Archived: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:21:09 -0400 Subject: Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle II FWIW. Something to keep an eye open for out for on the west coast of the US. Don Ledger Source: AVWeb.com http://tinyurl.com/3pmekm3 August 10, 2011 Hypersonic Flight Test Scheduled For Thursday If all goes well, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle II will launch Aug. 11 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Los Alamos, Calif., and splash down nearly 4,900 miles away - and 30 minutes later - near The Marshal Islands. The test flight is the product of DARPA funding and Lockheed Martin production. The arrowhead-shaped glider is a vehicle that will be attached to an eight-story-tall Minotaur IV rocket. It is part of a system intended to reach speeds of up to Mach 20 to deliver a military strike anywhere on earth within one hour. Thursday's test will launch the Falcon into the Earth's upper atmosphere where it will cover the bulk of the about 4,900 miles. If all goes well, it should pass Hawaii about 15 minutes after leaving the California coast. Near the end of the trip, the vehicle will make a sharp descent into the atmosphere and then level off. If proven, the system could cover the distance from Los Angeles to New York in 12 minutes. A previous test saw the vehicle travel for nine minutes before controllers lost contact. Data collected from the new test will be used to confirm theory and expand knowledge of hypersonic flight. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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