UFO UpDates
A mailing list for the study of UFO-related phenomena
'Its All Here In Black & White'
Location: UFOUpDatesList.Com > 2011 > Aug > Aug 12

Hypersonic Hmmmmm

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


I just posted this at a USAF missileers forum. It gets even more
interesting further down the page.



Source: Bloomberg.Com


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

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

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."



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

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 [1973].
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


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



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.

[ Next Message | Previous Message | This Day's Messages ]
This Month's Index |

UFO UpDates Main Index

UFO UpDates - Toronto - Operated by Errol Bruce-Knapp

Archive programming by Glenn Campbell at Glenn-Campbell.com