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The speed of sound is highly dependent on elevation, was this Mach 20 at sea level?
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The flight of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 was hotly anticipated in military and aerospace circles. The HTV-2 was supposed to ride on the back of a rocket to the edge of space, where it would separate and scream through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph before splashing into the Pacific Ocean, about 4,100 miles and 30 minutes later.

If the flight worked, it’d show how missiles of this shape and flight pattern could strike targets halfway around the world almost instantly. And that would be a major step forward in the Pentagon’s “Prompt Global Strike†plan to attack foes anywhere on the globe in less than an hour.
Holy crap. Press butan - instant strike, from space! Thats pretty impressive. I think its bordering on militarizing space though, which is against some sort of treaty.

I guess waiting for those obsolete ICBMs to fly alllll the way over the ocean at a snails pace is too long to make them a credible threat. Time for Mach 20! Missile strike to any point on the globe in 1 hour or less, or its free!

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Probably got shot over Russia after they've seen it fly over their country multiple times as it was flying around the globe lol.
    
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Probably an act to deter other nations from feeling this technology is viable.
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Probably an act to deter other nations from feeling this technology is viable.
Well if it's not viable, let them do it?
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Well if it's not viable, let them do it?
We're the United States of Magic. Its all about deception and misdirection.
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Lost? It hit a huge bird, or an unusually thick patch of air.
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Lost? It hit a huge bird, or an unusually thick patch of air.
It hit a Dragon. It's all a conspiracy...
    
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How fast is Mach 20?
Slower than light
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Blitzcrank Yanked it from the moon!.. just sayin.. he's been camping there....
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