From: Robert Hastings <ufohastings.nul> Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 11:47:56 -0400 (EDT) Archived: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:33:31 -0400 Subject: Hypersonic Hmmmmm All, I just posted this at a USAF missileers forum. It gets even more interesting further down the page. Robert ----- Source: Bloomberg.Com http://tinyurl.com/3kkk9ra Aug 11, 2011 Unmanned Lockheed Hypersonic Jet Crashes In Pacific After Hitting Mach 20 Pentagon Launches Lockheed Hypersonic Plane, Loses Contact An unmanned hypersonic aircraft made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) crashed into the Pacific Ocean after reaching about 20 times the speed of sound and flying for more than nine minutes, a Pentagon agency said. The experimental Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, or HTV- 2, lifted off today in a Minotaur IV rocket made by Orbital Sciences Corp. (ORB) at 7:45 a.m. local time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, according the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is funding the program and overseeing the tests. The agency announced the launch and mission updates on Twitter. The arrowhead-shaped aircraft soared to the edge of space, separated from the booster and was "on track" to enter its glide phase, during which it would reach speeds of Mach 20, or about 13,000 miles per hour, before diving into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Kwajalein Atoll, according to the agency. Around 8:22 local time, the agency reported engineers "lost telemetry" with the aircraft. In a statement released later in the day, the agency said the aircraft successfully made the transition to Mach 20 aerodynamic flight and "more than nine minutes of data was collected before an anomaly caused loss of signal." Today's mission was the aircraft's second and final planned test flight. The first attempt on April 22, 2010, also ended nine minutes into the flight when the on-board computer detected a glitch and forced a splashdown. Data from the maiden voyage indicated the craft reached speeds of between Mach 17 and Mach 22. Mach 20 A flight from New York to Los Angeles at Mach 20 would take less than 12 minutes, according to Darpa. "We do not yet know how to achieve the desired control during the aerodynamic phase of flight", Air Force Major Chris Schulz, the program manager, said in the statement. "It's vexing; I'm confident there is a solution. We have to find it." The project began in 2003 and cost $320 million, Eric Mazzacone, a spokesman for Darpa, said in an e-mail. The goal is to develop technology that might deliver a non-nuclear warhead anywhere in the world within an hour. Tom Collina, research director at the Arms Control Association in Washington, said the technology is unconstrained by the New Start, a nuclear arms reduction agreement signed last year by U.S. and Russia, and isn't likely to be confused with a nuclear weapon because its trajectory is unlike the bell-shaped curve of a ballistic missile. "Most people perceive this to be a niche capability", he said in a telephone interview. "You're not going to build more than a dozen or two of these things." END OF BLOOMBERG ARTICLE ----- And now for something completely different, one assumes, but maybe not: http://www.ufohastings.com/articles/dee ... nformation And then there's this: ----- On June 17, 1974, the Hobart (Australia) Mercury carried the following news item, based on an article appearing the same day in The New York Times: HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Experts at an Army missile base say they are puzzled about strange 'ghost ships' picked up by powerful radar scanner in the Pacific during a tracking exercise last summer. There has been little official comment on what the scientists found during the exercise, but Major Dallas Van Hoose, an Army spokesman, confirmed recently that 'some unexplained aerial phenomena' were observed during the exercise last August . Scientists, many of whom are reluctant to be named in interviews because of general public skepticism over unidentified flying objects, say privately they have been unable to find any explanation for the 'ghost ships.' 'We have never seen anything precisely like this before,' said one ballistic missile defense expert who works for an Army agency here and who is familiar with the advanced radar used to test missiles and warheads. Huntsville houses the Army's ballistic missile defense systems command which tests in the Kwajelein Atoll region of the Marshall Island Trust Territory held by the U.S. Last August the Air Force launched a Minuteman ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force base aimed for the Kwajelein missile range which is used by the Army, Air Force, and Navy. The radar experts in the Pacific found they were also tracking an unidentified flying object next to the ICBM's nose cone. Radar picked up a inverted saucer-shape object to the right and above the descending nose cone and watched it cross the warhead's trajectory to a point which was below and to-the-left of it before the phantom ship disappeared. The ghost ship was described as being 10-feet high and 40-feet long. Two separate radar systems saw it at the same time which may eliminate the probability that there was a malfunction in one of the radar systems. It was also reported that 3 other identical objects were seen in the vicinity -- the same size, shape, and dimensions. One scientist said the data indicated that the phantom ship 'flew under its own power' but could not explain what sort of 'power' was involved. So far none of the experts here believe the ghost ship was a natural phenomenon caused by freak weather conditions or echoes commonly seen on radar screens. ----- So, apparently, the incident described by Jacobs and Mansmann was not unique. (See the link above, re: The Big Sur Case.) Regarding the ballistic missile expert's statement about never having seen "anything precisely like this before", given that the 1964 Big Sur incident was immediately classified Top Secret=E2=80=94with only a handful of individuals knowing the facts=E2=80=94it would have been unknown to other military and civilian personnel conducting missile tests a decade later. As for the UFO's apparent shape, I'm unclear as to how radar could have determined it was an "inverted saucer". This statement seems to be a garbled journalistic description, which inadvertently combined both radar and photographic data, as described by the source. Researcher Barry Greenwood later reprinted this newspaper story in his co-authored book, Clear Intent (later republished as The UFO Cover-up). He wrote, "When FOIA inquiries were filed with the Army, they denied having any records concerning the sighting. We were referred to Vandenberg AFB, California. Vandenberg responded that 'in accordance with Air Force manual 12-50 which implements the Federal Records Act, the launch operations records for August 1973 have been destroyed.' Note that it is not stated that the UFO tracking report was destroyed, only a very general statement is given that 'launch operations records' were destroyed. That [records of] such a mysterious event as this would not be kept somewhere for possible future use is incomprehensible. Yet this excuse is offered time and time again to deny access to records=E2=80=A6" 26 References: 25. June 17, 1974, the Hobart Mercury (The New York Times) 26. Greenwood, Barry and Fawcett, Lawrence. Clear Intent: The Government Cover-up of the UFO Experience, Prentice-Hall Inc., 1984, pp. 69-70 Robert Hastings 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. 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