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Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) can reach Mach 20 disappears

Now where did we put that hypersonic drone plane?  Built by Lockheed Martin under a DARPA program, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is designed to attack any target on the Earth within 1 hour.  It can reach speeds of Mach 20 and was to make a touch down on the Pacific Ocean 30 minutes after a 4,100 nautical-mile flight just last week.

The Falcon is a different type of weapon, it’s equipped with high-power, but non-nuclear explosives that should remain undetected by nuclear defense systems.  But everything didn’t work out as planned.  “Preliminary review of data indicates the HTV-2 achieved controlled flight within the atmosphere at over Mach 20. Then contact with HTV-2 was lost,” said Johanna Spangenberg Jones, a spokeswoman for DARPA.

Where did it go?  Maybe someone or some thing detected the Falcon and took it down, or perhaps a haul breach caused it to disintegrate in the atmosphere.  Confidential military information may keep this one quiet for a long time to come.



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