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Aurora Launch Failure?

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posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 09:39 AM
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Noticed some discussion on the status of the X-37 project, and just saw this story posted on FOX [apologies].

Story Here

Edit: Actually about the subsequent failed launch of the Falcon hypersonic glider thought to be the culmination of the "Aurora Project".

[edit on 27-4-2010 by draknoir2]




posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 10:57 AM
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You should ask a mod to move this thread to the aircraft projects forum since it's about aircraft projects. Here's a related thread in that forum: www.abovetopsecret.com...

Here's the link to the DARPA fact sheet for the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2):

www.darpa.mil...


HTV-2 will be accelerated into the Earth’s upper atmosphere, separate from the rocket, descend into the atmosphere, and glide across the Pacific Ocean at more than 13,000 miles per hour. HTV-2 will reach its destination in less than 30 minutes and impact in the ocean north of the Reagan Test Site in the Kwajalein Atoll, a total distance from lift-off to impact of about 4,100 nautical miles.


Gliding at 13,000 miles an hour requires some high temperature resistant materials, that's pretty impressive technology.



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