Skip to comments.Pentagon releases results of 13,000-mph test flight over Pacific
Posted on 04/21/2012 8:17:26 PM PDT by LibWhacker
The results are in from last summers attempt to test new technology that would provide the Pentagon with a lightning-fast vehicle, capable of delivering a military strike anywhere in the world in less than an hour.
In August the Pentagon's research arm, known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, carried out a test flight of an experimental aircraft capable of traveling at 20 times the speed of sound.
The arrowhead-shaped unmanned aircraft, dubbed Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2, blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, northwest of Santa Barbara, into the upper reaches of the Earth's atmosphere aboard an eight-story Minotaur IV rocket made by Orbital Sciences Corp.
After reaching an undisclosed altitude, the aircraft jettisoned from its protective cover atop the rocket, then nose-dived back toward Earth, leveled out and glided above the Pacific at 20 times the speed of sound, or Mach 20.
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Yeah. The Nazis were launching V2 rockets againt England. They were decades ahead of the Allies. Lot of good it did them. Lots of Tears LOT.
Highly secret military technologies are not going to be approved for export to China no matter how many conspiracy theories say otherwise for the simple reason that they are not available in a regular market, they are totally controlled by the militray. The only way the Chinese can obtain them is to steal them via spies...If you work in any corporation you would realize how extremely strict the export compliance rules are...Even basic technologies are highly regulated when it comes to export...
Well, thank goodness for that! Otherwise, one might think China has experienced a quantum leap in their ballistic missile capabilities since the mid-90's.
Wall Street Journal 4/14/98 Editorial " President Clinton approved the transfer of missile guidance technology to China at the behest of the largest personal contributor to the Democratic Party. He granted the needed waiver despite an ongoing Department of Justice criminal investigation of the same company's earlier transfer of similar technology: a Pentagon study concluding that in the earlier episode "United States national security has been harmed." That is the essence of a report yesterday by Jeff Gerth of the New York Times (who also reported the original Whitewater story in 1992) concerning satellite launch technology provided by Loral Space and Communications and Hughes Electronics, a subsidiary of General Motors.
Well, of course the Pentagon is just a tin-foil hat source but the WSJ isn't. /s
LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS!
Why in the hell are we even talking about this technology, much less provide a artistic rendering of what it looks like.
Let’s perfect the technology, Crow about it once perfected, and keep the shape a total secret!!
Why can the US be so stupid??
However back to present time we are still by far the most powerful and most dominant airpower in the world, and by far the most powerful and most dominant military in the world and this hypersonic plane is only going to leap us decades forward of our closest competition being ally or foe.
May be you need to move to PRC with your family where your children would be working as slave labor and you will be shot in front of them for expressing your opinion against the ruling communists...Try it and let us know...
I made my comment about the fools coming to the thread and telling us about the nation of slaves China is going to get our technology and I was not wrong...Pavlov should have conducted his experiment on humans and not just dogs...
Oh stop the stupid conspiracy theory... Tell me please how can the President give technologies to a nation without being exposed?
If your "leadership" lacks the will to use a weapon then it doesn't matter how advanced it is... particularly if your enemies know you lack the will.
Commentmax.com 4/29/99 Tony Snow "... The trouble began when Clinton effectively abolished export controls on China in 1994. The decision invited American businesses to get rich by trading away our security .. Satellite and rocket companies also jumped on the gravy train. Hughes sold rockets to China -- and solved a gyroscopic problem that had reduced the accuracy of Beijing's long-range nuclear weapons. Now, thanks to Yankee know-how, China can aim its city-buster bombs directly at U.S. population centers. The Loral Corp. made hay, as well. The company's chairman, Bernard Schwartz, evidently bought his way onto a 1995 trade mission to China and sealed a deal that enabled him to sell sophisticated communications satellites to our former Cold War foe. Loral satellites now guide the Chinese air force, and China reportedly has acquired a Loral computer chip that holds the key to decoding communications between U.S. satellites. ...."
Washington Post 5/16/99 Walter Pincus and Vernon Loeb "...The long-awaited document, which could be released this week, concludes that U.S. national security has been damaged by China's theft or acquisition of nuclear warhead secrets, satellite and missile technology, supercomputers, telecommunications equipment, jet engines and sophisticated machine tools..... The investigation initially focused on two leading U.S. satellite makers, Hughes Electronics Corp. and Loral Space & Communications, under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly sharing unauthorized information with China about the failure of two Chinese Long March rockets in 1995 and 1996 carrying U.S.-built satellites. Loral's chief executive officer, Bernard Schwartz, was the Democratic Party's largest single donor in the 1996 campaigns. Both companies have denied wrongdoing. But the Cox committee, with a staff of 45 and a $2 million budget, soon broadened its investigation to include the transfer of all sensitive technology to China, from satellites to supercomputers. Last fall, staff investigators learned of an FBI criminal investigation into suspected Chinese espionage at Los Alamos National Laboratory and soon came to focus on China's theft of nuclear secrets....."
You're nuts if you don't think Clinton got away with treason. Do you think 0bama is not getting away with treason right now?
Eh, there actually was some technology transfer under Clinton. It was “dual-use” technology that got defined as “commercial” to enable sales.
However, people need to keep in mind that there was explicit military tech transfer under Reagan and Bush I (including direct sale of weapons like lightweight torpedoes). Of course, at the time China was an ally against the Soviet Union.
The problem is that people exaggerate the tech transfer that did take place, to give the impression that the Chinese would be armed with sticks and rocks today were it not for Bill Clinton. Totally not the case.
In terms of military technology that was overtly sold to China and not stolen through espionage, the overwhelming majority of Chinese military tech is Russian; quite a lot is French, and a decent amount is Israeli, and there’s more of each than what was explicitly given to China by the US.
Also it needs to be kept in mind that the Chinese have had the ability to put multi-megaton ICBMs on US cities since the early Reagan adminstration; that capability was not the result of what the Clintons gave them.
Really? No kidding? lol
If it is true the whole country would have known about it and it would have been the biggest scandal in US history and Clinton would have been been impeached and removed from office for this and not for get a BJ in the Oval office and lying about it under oath...
Yeah, right, the media would have told everybody /s
(actually some of them did, as I said Tim Russert screamed TREASON for weeks on end).
If you are "wowed" by this - then just wait until our own government turns these great and advanced weapons on "we the people..."
How long before China steals the data/design..... ?
Washington Post 5/25/99 Juliet Eilperin and Vernon Loeb Page A01 "...As for stolen U.S. military technology, the committee reports that China has stolen guidance technology now being used in U.S. missiles and fighter aircraft, including the F-14, F-15, F-16 and F-117 fighter jets. The committee concludes that this guidance technology is of enormous value to China in its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and short-range CSS-6 missiles, which China test-fired over Taiwan's main ports in 1996. The committee, which began its probe last July by focusing on missile and satellite technology transfers, concludes that U.S. satellite manufacturers gave China missile design information without obtaining required U.S. government licenses that enabled Chinese engineers to improve the reliability of Chinese rockets used for commercial and military purposes. The committee concludes that Hughes Electronics Corp. and Loral Space & Communications passed sensitive technical information to China as part of a 1996 investigation into the failure of a Chinese Long March rocket carrying a Loral-built commercial satellite without an export license, even though both companies knew they needed a license.... Loral's chief executive officer, Bernard Schwartz, was the Democratic Party's largest single donor in 1996. C. Michael Armstrong, Hughes's chief executive from 1994 to 1997, strongly lobbied for the Clinton administration's March 1996 transfer of licensing authority over commercial satellites from the State Department, known for its focus on national security concerns, to the Commerce Department, with its emphasis on promoting U.S. exports. ...."
Dream on. All of this stuff is created by private corporations on contract to DARPA, etc. China is very busy doing corporate espionage. Do some reading on it before you post again. You won’t look so silly.
Billy felt bad that the inept Chinese kept crashing launches into villages resulting in hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths.
“In 1996, President Bill Clinton personally signed an executive order transferring control of satellite technology to the Department of Commerce; thus releasing restraints on a wide variety of sophisticated space and missile technology which were then exported to China.”
Open conspiracy, if you must.