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Contact lost with hypersonic glider after launch
AP ^ | Aug 11, 12:46 PM EDT | By JOHN ANTCZAK

Posted on 08/11/2011 10:28:53 AM PDT by Red Badger

An unmanned hypersonic glider developed for U.S. defense research into super-fast global strike capability was launched atop a rocket early Thursday but contact was lost after the experimental craft began flying on its own, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said.

There was no immediate information on how much of the mission's goals were achieved.

It was the second of two planned flights of a Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2. Contact was also lost during the first mission.

The small craft is part of a U.S. military initiative to develop technology to respond to threats at 20 times the speed of sound or greater, reaching any part of the globe in an hour.

The HTV-2 is designed to be launched to the edge of space, separate from its booster and maneuver through the atmosphere at 13,000 mph before intentionally crashing into the ocean.

DARPA used Twitter to announce the launch and status of the flight.

The agency said the launch of the Minotaur 4 rocket was successful and separation was confirmed. It next reported that telemetry had been lost.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: aviation; darpa

GONE!.....................

1 posted on 08/11/2011 10:29:01 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Coincidentally, there is a new bunker on my golf course...and it’s smoking.


2 posted on 08/11/2011 10:31:22 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Red Badger

“GONE!...”

Maybe they’ll find it near the blimp.


3 posted on 08/11/2011 10:32:06 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Red Badger

If its found inside an Egyptian tomb looking like its been there for thousands of years I’m gonna freak.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 10:32:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Red Badger

It ripped through the fabric of time and space will reappear in a few thousand years.


5 posted on 08/11/2011 10:32:23 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: Voter62vb

You have a smoking section on your golf course? When’s Obama playing there?


6 posted on 08/11/2011 10:32:51 AM PDT by null and void (Day 931. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: Red Badger

I think it was probably moving a bit faster than the radio transmission....or it made a mistake and flew over Cleveland!!!


7 posted on 08/11/2011 10:35:16 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: Red Badger

8 posted on 08/11/2011 10:36:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: cripplecreek
If its found inside an Egyptian tomb looking like its been there for thousands of years I’m gonna freak.

LOL!!!!

"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need no roads!!!"

9 posted on 08/11/2011 10:36:32 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason (The stain must be REMOVED (ERADICATED)....NOW!!)
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To: Red Badger

Either in China, or chasing down our credit rating.


10 posted on 08/11/2011 10:36:43 AM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: Red Badger
An unmanned hypersonic glider developed for U.S. defense research into super-fast global strike capability

If you say so


11 posted on 08/11/2011 10:37:19 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (New gets old. Steampunk is always cool)
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To: Red Badger

The aliens saw it and figured we were close to implementing warp speed....


12 posted on 08/11/2011 10:37:49 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Red Badger

Two words...candian geese.


13 posted on 08/11/2011 10:38:01 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Red Badger; KevinDavis

Super Lawn Dart!!!


14 posted on 08/11/2011 10:38:05 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Red Badger

The last known transmission from the aircraft was:
“I knew I should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.”


15 posted on 08/11/2011 10:38:37 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Red Badger

“Contact was also lost during the first mission.”

I’m pretty sure they were able to tell it to ditch in the ocean on the first mission. You would likely lose contact after it slammed into the water.


16 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:22 AM PDT by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Red Badger

Was it programmed to fly over London? Those frickin looters are taking everything!


17 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:34 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Red Badger

Hypersonic flight has a lot of problems. The acceleration will break things, and the plasma environment outside the vehicle causes all kinds of problems.

And besides, the Vulcans may be capturing the vehicles for considering first contact.


18 posted on 08/11/2011 10:40:33 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: JoeProBono

Was it commanded by an Astronaut named Taylor by any chance?


19 posted on 08/11/2011 10:41:53 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Red Badger

We used to call these ICBM’s .. but that was back when we could hit a target.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 10:42:00 AM PDT by The Duke
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To: Red Badger
The HTV-2 is intended to put theory, simulations and wind tunnel experience to the test in real flight conditions at speeds producing temperatures in the thousands of degrees and requiring extremely fast control systems, according to DARPA.

They also lost contact with the first one to fly.

0bama's 7th century muslim brothers can't figure out how to turn the maneuvering computer on.

21 posted on 08/11/2011 10:42:39 AM PDT by TYVets (Pure-Gas.org ..... ethanol free gasoline by state and city)
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To: Voter62vb
Freaky! I was going to post something almost identical (I assume you mean Canada Geese).

I kinda wonder if contact wasn't lost, though. If I were running a test like this, I'd consider saying it failed when it didn't.

Just so long as contact being lost had nothing to do with a Russian or Chinese "fishing trawler" near its flight path...
22 posted on 08/11/2011 10:44:14 AM PDT by verum ago (A liberal's mind is like a single action revolver with a bobbed hammer)
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To: org.whodat
RE: "It ripped through the fabric of time and space will reappear in a few thousand years."

Hey, maybe returning to an earth where apes are running the show :-)

23 posted on 08/11/2011 10:48:37 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: JoeProBono

Sperm in space...


24 posted on 08/11/2011 10:50:50 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO! But he should WALK 3 miles every day..)
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To: commish
The last known transmission from the aircraft was: “I knew I should have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.”

Now that's funny right there... But you needed Daffys bluster first!

25 posted on 08/11/2011 10:51:06 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Red Badger
Check Ebay tomorrow.
26 posted on 08/11/2011 10:52:30 AM PDT by bruoz
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To: Red Badger

As soon as they learn how to reproduce, they will be back in mass to take over the earth!


27 posted on 08/11/2011 10:52:59 AM PDT by Datom
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To: Red Badger

Was John Criton on board?


28 posted on 08/11/2011 10:53:17 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Red Badger

shouldn’t this launch have been secret... then the failure would be shhh... secret


29 posted on 08/11/2011 10:54:17 AM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: Red Badger

Gone in 60 seconds


30 posted on 08/11/2011 10:54:57 AM PDT by SMARTY (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
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To: Red Badger

I’ve read the comments - interesting how so many of us are uneasy with ‘lost’ as the explanation...


31 posted on 08/11/2011 10:57:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (The end of our great nation - caused by 'give it all away' dems. May dems reap what they sown...)
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To: Red Badger

This comes to my mind...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1G-TsdNWGg


32 posted on 08/11/2011 11:01:40 AM PDT by MRadtke (Light a candle or curse the darkness?)
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To: GOPJ

Wonder if we gave it to the Chinese?


33 posted on 08/11/2011 11:02:58 AM PDT by Taylor42
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To: Red Badger
FOUND IT...

34 posted on 08/11/2011 11:04:15 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Red Badger

35 posted on 08/11/2011 11:05:33 AM PDT by traumer
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To: evets
for sale on eBay...
36 posted on 08/11/2011 11:09:27 AM PDT by traumer
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To: Red Badger; All

It’s gone to plaid!!


37 posted on 08/11/2011 11:09:29 AM PDT by eekitsagreek (got no money and you got no car, then you got no woman...and there you are!)
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To: Taylor42
Wonder if we gave it to the Chinese?

On orders from 0bamao!

38 posted on 08/11/2011 11:10:00 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Red Badger

Standard answer for a black ops mission!


39 posted on 08/11/2011 11:13:46 AM PDT by avant_garde
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To: Red Badger

And that’s how Skynet was born on August 11, 2011...


40 posted on 08/11/2011 11:30:30 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: eekitsagreek

Ludicrous Speed!


41 posted on 08/11/2011 11:30:39 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Zeppo

This is just the beginning... Someday Skynet may become self aware and destroy its creators and all who remain...


42 posted on 08/11/2011 11:35:33 AM PDT by Moleman (<--Not an Orangman)
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To: BrewingFrog

I believe the Astronaut’s name was Crichton, John Crichton.


43 posted on 08/11/2011 11:43:44 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: evets

LOL!


44 posted on 08/11/2011 11:55:44 AM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: Taylor42

We gave the United States to the Chinese... or at least they own us now... why not a plane? Well, there’s easier ways to give them a plane...


45 posted on 08/11/2011 12:19:52 PM PDT by GOPJ (England.... From royal fairytale to banana republic in one summer. - - Allister Heath)
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To: Red Badger
It was the second of two planned flights of a Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2. Contact was also lost during the first mission.

Yeah, right. I heard they missed Mars once too. Something about forgetting to convert from metric units.

That's the joy of dealing with sheeple - it really doesn't matter what you say.

46 posted on 08/11/2011 12:50:55 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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