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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!
You would never hear it...
    
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Mach-20 Aircraft Launch Scrubbed Until Thursday
Posted on: Wednesday, 10 August 2011, 11:00 CDT
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As of 11 a.m. EDT the Twitter feed belonging to @DARPA_News announced the agency has scrubbed the test launch of the HTV-2 rocket due to inclement weather. The launch was delayed by 70 minutes earlier this morning to allow for weather improvement, but the agency decided to hold off on the launch until more suitable weather conditions had occurred.
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We just need to have the capability to shoot down alien spaceships. I cant believe no other countries are considerate enough to allot a portion of their defense budget to the defense of mankind from extra terrestrial invaders.
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commence bombardment
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We just need to have the capability to shoot down alien spaceships. I cant believe no other countries are considerate enough to allot a portion of their defense budget to the defense of mankind from extra terrestrial invaders.
Don't be silly, everyone knows you're supposed to fly INTO the mothership and upload a virus from an Apple Powerbook.
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tomorrow in news "LOCHNESS MONSTER HAS BEEN FOUND AND IS MISSING A HEAD!" haha nice shot USA!
    
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Nice, but can it do mach 21?

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Yes, yes it can. Check the links in the article. This thing has gotten up to mach 22.

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How do you figure?

A nuclear weapon is based on E=MC^2 where c=299,792,458m/s.
A kinetic weapon is based on E=(1/2)Mv^2 where v=6806m/s.

You would need a 3,880,498,429,000lb kinetic weapon at Mach20 to match a 100lb nuclear explosion.
So you are saying we just need to launch a whole bunch of these the size of the Empire State building? At that point I think we could cause as much damage by just covering the target in the equivalent amount of rubble.

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Nuts.
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mach 20 with air resistance...

Imagine what it can do with no air resistance or gravity.
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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.
Its probably made of carbon composites most really fast things these days are made of it.
    
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We just need to have the capability to shoot down alien spaceships. I cant believe no other countries are considerate enough to allot a portion of their defense budget to the defense of mankind from extra terrestrial invaders.
It's impossible to make weapons to take down extraterrestrial technology because we don't know what kind of technology they use. Just like they don't know what weapon technology we use, if they invade then we might be able to take them down with .22 air rifles.
    
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