Friday, August 12, 2011

VIDEO | US Military Loses Contact with Falcon HTV-2 in Bid to Become Fastest Ever Plane

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Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 in Flight
By Ian Sample
Science Correspondent

     US military officials have lost contact with the fastest plane ever built during a hypersonic test flight over the Pacific on Thursday.

The Falcon HTV-2 was launched aboard a rocket from Vandenberg air force base in California, on what at first appeared to be a flawless mission.

But after separating from the rocket at the edge of space and beginning its return to Earth, the aircraft went silent during the gliding stage of the test flight, when it was due to perform a series of manoeuvres as it hurtled through the atmosphere.

Officials at the US Defence Advance Research Projects Agency (Darpa) announced they had lost communication with the speeding craft at 4.21pm BST, 36 minutes into the flight. . . .

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