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DARPA Says Peeling Skin Brought Down Its Hypersonic Glider

In 2010 and again in 2011, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) suffered two setbacks when it lost both its mach 20 Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) gliders during test flights. Now, in a new report on the HTV-2's second ill-fated flight in 2011, DARPA says that they believe they know why the the craft failed -- but its not all bad news.

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The Case of the Disappearing Mach 20 Glider

The Pentagon has been gearing up its "prompt global strike" program in several ways. Experimenting with putting conventional warheads on intercontinental nuclear missiles, making cruise missiles that fly at about 2000 meters/second, and building a Hypersonic Technology Vehicle that "was supposed to be rocket-launched from California to the edge of space... [and] would could[sic] screaming back into the atmosphere, maneuvering at twenty times times the speed of sound before landing north of the Kwajalein Atoll, 30 minutes later and 4100 nautical miles away."

Last week's launch of the HTV-2 was all going fine until DARPA lost contact with the glider somewhere over the Pacific ocean.

No, unfortunately, this article is not about new stealth technology. File it under funny, 'cause otherwise you'd just cry.

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