Jules Verne time might be upon us soon folks, if we allow for changing the 20,000 leagues under the sea to Mach 20 above.
DARPA reported this week that despite control problems that aborted the first two Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) test flights, the technical data review substantiated that Mach 20 was reached for three minutes. It also revealed what problems have to be fixed for sustained flight.
What do we need a plane like this for you ask?
How about for the president to have an unmanned aircraft that can deliver a message anywhere on the planet in an emergency. But unlike a missile, it can be recalled if needed and ready to go again the next day.
Add in that nothing could shoot it down and you have a weapons system that can strike enemy missiles while they are being prepared for launch after being spotted by our satellites.
The next version HTV-3 will be a returnable vehicle. Funding for further testing with it awaits long range flight completions by the HTV-2, and a confident Congress.
DARPA is generally unknown among the general public despite the long record of major technologies it has birthed for military use initially that were eventually were worldwide.
Just a few examples just in the computing world were computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertext system, and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface.
Cannibalized Brewster Buffaloes
There are vets who whine about research budgets for technology………………EXCERPT
- DARPA reveals reason for failure of HTV-2 hypersonic vehicle (slashgear.com)
- Why Did Mach 20 Flight Fail? (foxnews.com)
- Mach 20 Hypersonic Strike Plane – One hour to anywhere target (seeker401.wordpress.com)
- DARPA’s HTV-2 aircraft test flight failed due to heat stresses at Mach 20 (theverge.com)
- Oops! DARPA HTV-2 Flayed Itself (lezgetreal.com)
- DARPA Explains Crash Of Hypersonic Glider (npr.org)
- DARPA Hypersonic Glider Failed Last Year Due to Shell Degradation (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Layer 8: Hypersonic test aircraft pealed apart after 3 minutes of sustained Mach 20 speed (mbcalyn.com)
- The ninth minute barrier: Pentagon releases Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 failed test report. (theaviationist.com)
- Hypersonic Test Aircraft Peeled Apart After 3 Minutes of Sustained Mach 20 Speed (science.slashdot.org)