View Full Version : US military to launch fastest-ever plane

08-10-2011, 10:43 PM
Alok Jha, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 August 2011 19.53 BST

By the time you finish reading this sentence, the Falcon HTV-2, the fastest plane ever built, could have flown 18 miles. It would get from London to Sydney in less than an hour, while withstanding temperatures of almost 2,000C, hotter than the melting point of steel.

At 3pm BST on Thursday , the US Defence Advance Research Projects Agency will launch the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 on the back of a rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. If all goes to plan, engineers will launch the Falcon HTV-2 to the edge of space, before detaching the plane and guiding it on a hypersonic flight that will reach speeds of 13,000mph (about 20 times the speed of sound) on its return to Earth.
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08-10-2011, 10:46 PM
I love our latest string of commercials, showing how we are doing sci-fi shit, today. :D


08-10-2011, 10:54 PM
I wonder if they use Graphene in it :D

08-10-2011, 10:59 PM
Speaking of sci-fi stuff, I saw something that I really, really wish I had in Iraq. I think I saw it in a "Battlefield" type video game commercial. Basically it was an M203 40mm round that contained a descent chute like for flares or star clusters, but the round actually contained a camera. The images were relayed to a small screen a little bigger than a smartphone.

So in an area surrounded by buildings, you shoot the round up, and get a nice combat picture of enemy movement around, on top of, and behind buildings that would have otherwise been outside your line of sight.

That would have been pretty bad ass.