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At approximately 7 a.m. PDT, a three-stage Minotaur IV Lite rocket is scheduled to lift off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. It will puncture the atmosphere, and then release an experimental aircraft. That aircraft, known as the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, will then come hurtling back to Earth at nearly 20 times the speed of sound, splashing down near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 4,100 miles away. Total flight time: about 30 minutes.
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Best Way to get anywhere!
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That's fast. I wonder how much payload it can carry. Could it be a kinetic kill weapon in the future?
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Wonder how deep it's gonna fall in the ocean at 20k..
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Wonder how deep it's gonna fall in the ocean at 20k..
If it reaches the ocean intact at that speed it would be liking hitting the ground.
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awesome!
woulnt that like, practically vaporize a building if it hit it at 20x the speed of sound?
holy crap imagine the intimidating sound that would make lol!
    
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A lot of people's jobs on the line for that flight, haha.

Impressive what shapes can fly with the right feedback systems.
    
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Hopefully, it doesn't "land" on Kwajalein. The facilities and radars that would do most of the tracking are based out there... as well as a golf course.

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That's fast. I wonder how much payload it can carry. Could it be a kinetic kill weapon in the future?
It would probably use segmented tungsten rods, similar to what was going to be used on the ICBM equivalent.
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This is going to be epic!
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post #10 of 82
Nice, but can it do mach 21?

EDIT: I wonder what the outer shell is made out of? I find it hard to believe ceramics will withstand the pressure of speed and fracture prematurely.
Edited by uncholowapo - 8/9/11 at 6:59pm
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