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Wed Aug 15, 2012, 04:47 PM

Pentagon's $140M USD Hypersonic Missile Crashes and Burns [View all]

Source: Daily Tech

Call it the #failmissile: America's dream of shooting missiles at hypersonic speeds around the globe at its enemies have been put on hold after a costly research program endured a second major malfunction.

The ballyhooed X-51A "WaveRider" plummeted unceremoniously into the cold outstretched arms of the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, ending a much hyped test launch.

The third test for the project, went much like the last. The high-tech payload was carried aloft by a B-52 bomber from Edwards Air Force Base in southern California. Over the waters near Pugu State Park the missile was dropped, falling for four seconds before the booster lit.

About 15 seconds into the booster burn, the flight crew noticed something was going wrong -- a fin on the rocket had gone out of control just as the design was creeping up towards the speeds necessary to ignite the scramjet engine. Shortly thereafter control was lost.

Read more: http://www.dailytech.com/Pentagons+140M+USD+Hypersonic+Missile+Crashes+and+Burns/article25427.htm



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