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Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle II

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


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.

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