Lost at sea. Military loses contact with hypersonic test plane
August 11th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Lost at sea. Military loses contact with hypersonic test plane

By Adam Levine

Military researchers conducting the flight of the fastest unmanned aircraft ever launched said Thursday an "anomaly" caused a lost contact with the vehicle nine minutes into its flight. The plane is believed to have crashed in the Pacific at some point along the planned flight path, according to a statement from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), which conducted the test.

The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle (HTV-2) had successfully separated from the launch vehicle and was performing "glide phase" maneuvers meant to test its aerodynamics when contact was lost, according to an 11 a.m. (ET) Twitter post from DARPA. A tweet, at 12:30 p.m. said downrange trackers were unable to relocate the HTV2 but the vehicle "has an autonomous flight termination capability".

The vehicle was launched by a Minotaur IV rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, before separating and re-entering the atmosphere over the Pacific. The launch, originally slated for Wednesday but then scrubbed because of weather, was not broadcast live.

This was the second run for the craft. In April 2010 ended with the aircraft crashing into the Pacific after a loss of contact nine minutes into the flight. But those nine minutes provided some key information about flying 22 times faster than a commercial jetliner.

Thursday's flight was to test control and communications capabilities, as well as heat resistance and other effects of hypersonic flight. The nine minutes of data demonstrated that launching the aircraft was mastered but they continued to be stymied in controlling the vehicle at Mach 20 speed.

"We do not yet know how to achieve the desired control during the aerodynamic phase of flight. It’s vexing; I’m confident there is a solution. We have to find it," said Air Force Maj. Chris Schulz, the DARPA program manager.

DARPA's goal is to create the capability of reaching any target in the world in less than an hour.

The triangular wedge of zoom is capable of reaching Mach 20 – approximately 13,000 miles per hour – according to DARPA. At such speeds in Earth's atmosphere, friction subjects the vehicle to temperatures of more than 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

As DARPA said on the HTV-2 site, at that speed "air doesn't travel around you – you rip it apart."

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  1. deputyDoG

    This just proves without a doubt there is no god!! where is your god now that we can travel mach22!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • lou

      what's that gotta do with anything? post something that makes sense.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • JAM61

      Not sure what God has to do with traveling at that speed... Except blessing those involved with the intelligence to develop such an aircraft.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Still Jewish

      Sorry, I don't see the connection..

      August 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Blessed

      God bless you.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  2. Inmo

    This program is testing the scram jet engine that will power the next evolution of obital craft to continue our exploration of space, not as a devi e for making war. The tech involved will be paired with an electro-magnetic accelerator to launch large payloads into orbit at a fraction of the cost of the old shuttle. Monies invested in such programs have been very successful in stimulating the science and by that also the econemy of the US.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • jimmmyc1955

      Thank you – somebody with information a bit deeper than those posting on here with who have understanding of the program but posses a truly shallow understanding of science and a willingness to prove their bias and ignorance with the pounding of a few keys.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • Knucklehead61

      Socialist!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • MOJarry

      Just hope it doesn't hit our cruise ship on re-entry!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
    • Joe, Louisville, KY

      I think you have been reading too many SciFi mags. This is another prototype killing machine (that fortunately does not work). The payback from military spend is astronomically low when you consider what the return would have been if a fraction of that same money had been spent on scientific non-military-directed research.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • MOJarry

      50 years of funding for NASA cost less than the TARP bailout (DeGrassi-Tyson quote)

      August 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  3. Polemos

    Good to know DARPA tweets about its projects.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Diamond

      Amway

      August 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
      • Corinnian

        Jim just spilled dipping sauce onto the circuit board and then linked it off! #papajohns #darpa #Minionian

        August 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  4. erik

    hurry up and get me of this cave man rock!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      "That's what she said." – Minionian

      August 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  5. Normal Male

    I bet if it had a flux-capacitor it would have been a success

    August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  6. HotSnax

    This is going to be used to kill people all over the world in record time, so doom on people that aren't Americans.. now shut up and do as we say

    August 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • hi

      way to be pessimistic.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • jimmmyc1955

      Wow – toltally lacking in vision – one dimensional thinking – and a bit paranoid aren't we??

      August 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  7. Salty Peanuts

    Man, a little knowledge is a bad thing. People end up thinking they know everything.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  8. rc roeder

    Not lost, well yes LOST, it just catapulted thru time to an island in the pacific island that was one owned by DHARMA and inhabited by people from a crashed plane. Wait that is DARPA not DHARMA. Hmm New TV show.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      It's not lost. I think I saw it cut in front of me on the 55 this morning on the way to work.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  9. FU

    This is going to be used to kill people all over the world in record time, so fu ck everything about this technology.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Salty Peanuts

      Amen to that!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Tia

      Yeah, we wouldn't want to have technology that could maybe...oh, I don't know...take out a hijacked plane before it crashes into a building. How do you know the technology is going to be used to kill millions (and the voices in your head don't count as a reliable source)?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
      • DPatriot

        That was demolition dummy

        August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
      • Zeke2112

        Someone get DPatriot some more tin foil.

        Demolition – LOL! Debunked 50 times over.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Corinnian

      If you mean kill the competition, as in other pizza chains, yes ... Papa John's will dominate the industry with this new technology.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • JonPeter

      What people fail to comprehend is this technology can also be used for air breathing launch vehicles that could be used in a 1st or 2nd stage launch vehicle to orbit. If successful it could reduce size and cost of orbital launches by reducing the amount of oxidizer that is now carried onboard. There have been past attempts with hypersonic propulsion, this one gets us one step closer.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • My Name

      Agreed, we should stop paying taxes for everything I disagree with or don't understand. Hyperbole rules!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • OK

      You should look around the real world sometime – maybe step out of your box occasionally !

      August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  10. brian

    Everyone seems to equate a lost craft with "failure" or "wasted" dollars. They have telemetry from the working part of the flight and don't really need the phyical craft for the experiment to have value. These are early flight tests and are expected to fail. It is research and research is and should be risky. More importlandly this is space-flight and is by it's nature very risky. Ever see the video of the dozens of "failed" murcury and gemini tests? They learned from each and eventually got to the moon. Of all the money spent on this project, a small fraction goes into the physical test vehical and they almost NEVER reuse these things. Perhaps they made software of design flaws that contributed to the crash. If they discover what those were, then the test is a partial success. We are yeras from even military applictions of this technology and decades from commercial sivilian uses. You have to start somewhere. If you disagree and think we should be spending money elsewhere, fine, but don't point to the crash as the reason this is a bad idea.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Jan Bukowsky

      Thanks for this comment, Brian. Most comments are cynical and ignorant.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Thanks B

      Like

      August 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • JP

      Agree

      August 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Yep. Lots of people that have no idea how research is conducted or how hard it is.

      Bill

      August 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  11. Imagine that

    And that's how you pi$$ away millions of $$$ 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Jah

      lmao. yep, it record time.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • jimmmyc1955

      Yea – like the billions we waste on social programs that go right into the hands of the corrupt – or the meidcare that is sucked up by make believe clinics and doctors – or the stimulus money that went to non-existant congressional districts. That was an EFFICIENT waste of taxpayer dollars rather than a program that might stimulate future high speed transport designs.

      Lacking in vision on your part maybe?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • JP

      Yeah, we should let other countries develop new technologies, that's the ticket....wouldn't it have been great if we didn't have to p*ss all that money away on computer technology too?

      August 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  12. Jason S

    A yeah, you think with such an important and surely expensive piece of equipment you would put like 100 GPS traking devices in it in case 99 of them broke.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Texas Pete

      And the weight of those extra 99 GPS trackers would guarantee the vehicle crashes. Nice solution, but I think I will ask someone who isn't talking out of their but.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  13. Papa N.

    It went so fast it disappeared! That's flippin' awesome.... great success!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      Yeah that's just awesome.
      Millions more of tax payer dollars dumped in the ocean, but no one can ever mention cutting defense spending without being labeled unpatriotic.
      Our government is a joke.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • Wes

        Norm: I agree with you and FU: The point is this–there are countries around the world who pay almost nothing for this kind of garbig, nd have a way higher standard of living. And they wonder why the US of A is struggling. We finance stuff like these war toys and feed people around the world while we have 50 million people who have hungry families.

        Historians will write about the rise and fall of America while we are still trying to figure this out..

        August 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • PatioDaddio

      The flux capacitor attached to this rocket sent it back to 1955 to detonate against Sputnik thereby creating a divergent timestream. This all happened once the rocket hit the speed of Mach 20.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Reg

      It's designed to be mistaken for an airplane so the enemy doesn't know what hit it, and doesn't suspect it was a missile. Credible deniability, so we can say it's you neighbor who dunnit. The same deniability when they say the test failed, but could actually have been a brilliant success. They wouldn't let us know about the Stargate either, if they ever find one!

      August 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  14. Glenn Garry

    Now we can start a war inside an hour.. so, that's a good thing.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Go Go Go

      yes

      August 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Papa N.

      Or end one.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Reply
      • Glenn Garry

        I like your thinking, btw do you see that black flash that just went by your window?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • j0eschm0e

      umm no... now we can 'end" a war in under an hour.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      You really think it takes a hour to start a war? Sure if Obama told off North Korea over the phone we could be at war in 5 minutes. Sure most of our 20 year old ICBM could hit most targets with a nuclear warhead within a hour.

      August 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  15. Gavin

    another example of misplaced priorities of our military industrial complex. How much did this little toy contribute to the national debt?Will somebody tell these clowns in Washington to stop this nonesense. This is just morally and fiscally irresponsible when are trying to reduce our debt. This program should be the first to go when the blue ribbon committee meets to cut trillions in wasted spending!

    August 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Rob M

      Are you saying the United Sates of a America DOSEN'T need a hyper sonic weapons delivery system capable of hitting any target in the world in under an hour?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • Go Go Go

        yes, yes they do

        August 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • JW

        Right, there are so many powerful enemies all around us, constantly threatening us, must spend more on war! Or at least line someone's pockets.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • Dave

        Why not? More DETERANCE or woud you rather fight who ever is attaching in your own back yard?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Joe

      I agree. It would be interesting to know in which state and in whose congressional district the various components of this boondoggle are made.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Reply
    • petercha

      Better to cut spending on welfare for lazy bums that don't want to work.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • PBear

      Its all about jobs! Or should I say job security!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      I think that at the time that is what the public thought of the Wright Brothers too. In fact they had several failures including one of the brothers almost getting killed in a crash.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      You say that this is just a waste of tax payer dollars, but step back just a little and look at all the jobs that this has created and the trickle down that this causes. Also, with every discovery in science (military especially) there are many advancements in science that we use everyday to make our lives easier. So before you start pooh poohing all the spending to do something new, think about all the above mentioned.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  16. Jim

    "The latest tweet, at 12:30 p.m. said downrange trackers were unable to relocate the HTV2 but the vehicle 'has an autonomous flight termination capability.'"
    -
    Yeah. It's called "crashing."

    August 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Rob M

      Haha, wow. Flight Termination.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Papa N.

      Sounds pretty technical...

      August 11, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • NFO

      Most big rockets have a self-destruct package for range safety reasons, so you don't have a big projectile going out of control and possibly hitting people if there is a malfunction. You also find these on other, smaller test vehicles and stuff. The controllers can send a destruct signal if the thing goes off course, but a lot of the self-destruct packages are also activated automatcally if telemetry is lost with the vehicle.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Thanks

      also called, self-destruction sequence .

      August 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  17. Enoy21

    I knew this looked familiar. It's the same image of the Alien ship in 1986's " Flight of the Navigator " Google the image of that and there will be one of him in some light speed made that looks just like this ( only cooler ). I can't post links to it though.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      No kidding.
      It looks identical.
      This is our government stealing billions in tax dollars and lying to us about what it was used for.
      Who can prove otherwise.
      We ALL need to stop paying taxes RIGHT NOW!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
      • JW

        That is a good point. How do we know they actually ever built it, or actually ever launched it, and ever really lost what didn't exist?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  18. Lorie

    lol ever wonder where they get this technology from? ..that looks or is a UFO. our government needs to stop lying to us and tell us everything they know 😉

    August 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • MetsFan17

      So you're going with the aliens are real theory? Better crush the aluminum foil a bit tighter, but Glazorb the Magnificent's transmissions from Alpha Centauri aren't coming in clearly for you right now.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
      • Lorie

        your comment is so clearly ignorant, if you think we are alone in this massive universe we belong to you are clearly ignorant ;).. where do you think they got ideas and the technology to make that thing fly?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
      • RT

        Lorie's tin hat is a tad too big!!!

        August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • Kevin

        Lorie,
        Do you think the same guys who can't hide their mistresses could manage to hide our possession of alien technology? Really?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Rob M

      Is man incapable of accomplishing anything on his own anymore?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
      • Rob M

        I'd imagine in an aeronautics laboratory somewhere. I believe it has something to do with physics.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • LiveLongAndProsper

      It was detected by a Vulcan ship on a routine survey mission and beamed aboard for further study....

      August 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • NFO

      Humans have all the knowledge required to build such a vehicle. You just need to understand the science behind it. It's like the moon landing conspiracies. If you know Newtonian physics, then what it takes to get to the moon is a fairly simple set of calculations. (Building a machine that will achieve those required speeds and accelerations safely and reliably is the hard part!)

      It's not hard to get an object to hypersonic speeds (just put a big rocket on the back end). Sustaining that speed, controlling the vehicle, and dissipating all the heat from air friction are some of the challenges in present day technology. Those are probably what this test plane was designed to test solutions to.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  19. Enoy21

    I knew this thing looked familiar ..... Welcome to 1986 :

    h t t p: / / gorkabnitrix.free.fr/CGM%20Project/Images/1986%20-%20Flight%20Of%20The%20Navigator. j p g

    August 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      I thought the same thing when I seen the pic...

      August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  20. goobernutt

    Boy, I sure do miss the days of the $700.00 toilet seat! Can we just go back and buys those "useful" items instead, it may cost alot but it does have a proven and practical use that can be applied over and over for many years. Unlike our expensive aircraft that is a one hit disposable wonder that simply falls into the sea after one use.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
    • MondWolf

      The $700 toilet seats and $400 dollars hammers were not because the items cost that much or even that they company charged the DoD that much. They were used to Hide money payments to companies for "Black" Aircraft Examples include the F117 Stealth Fighter, the B2 Stealth Bomber, and Lockheed Prototype Stealth Bomber. A common way to discover what if any project a company is performing is the track the payments from the DoD or DARPA to the company. And remember these purchases took place in the 1980's when we were worried about the KGB. So instead of issuing a contract and then sending the Company the money you buy a $5 dollar item from them for $400 dollars. Buy a hundred thousand at this inflated price and you have 39.5 million in payment for the Company to use for your project, with no one being the wiser.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  21. jessicaber

    Aren't they worried that another plane could crash in to it? And could this have anything to do with the UFO like flahes of light that I saw between Phoenix, AZ and Puerto Penasco, Mexico in 1996?

    August 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Rob M

      No. Im sure its crashed into the ocean by now. Also no, those lights where UFO's belonging to extraterrestrial aliens you seen that night.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Denise

      What an idiot! Are you kidding? Maybe this plane time travelled back to 1996. Yeah, right.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  22. Joanne

    Reading the tad bit of pieces from the article, and everyone’s opinions; I have concluded that Santa Clause is sick, and NORAD wants to make sure the little kiddies get all their toys for Christmas, but that is only if they can find thing. Better hurry up and find it, Christmas is only 135 days away….
    Here is a Christmas Clock for you guys to help.
    http://www.xmasclock.com/

    August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  23. Dot8

    II wonder how many U.S. made UFO's are out there roaming our skies?.

    August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • rep

      a documentary about the making of the U-2 spy plane said that something like over half of all the UFO sightings reported at the time (early 1950's, I think) could be traced to test flights of that plane. probably happens a lot with secret testing of experimental aircraft, drones, balloons, etc.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  24. brako

    u have to take it to space first? how lame! not to mention how expensive it would be to fire 100 of those, it probably eats up crappy US economy as it is. this stuff is waste of money

    August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  25. Alec

    The cost of this failed test could have saved Ethiopia.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • knuckle

      a box of condoms would have saved Ethiopia

      August 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • LOL

        AGREED 🙂

        August 11, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Guest

      "Saved" Ethiopia for how long? One year? Two years until it starts all over again? Sounds like you're the one who needs to be saved from your own brilliant ideas.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  26. Toom

    we're firing teachers and cutting social security and medicare but heaven forbid we try to cut 'defense' projects such as this. good job politicians. this is sickening.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • UhYeaOk

      Yea, never mind the fact that technology created for and by the defense department more often than not trickles down to the rest of society. What good are those schools and teachers if the educated cannot use their skills on projects that can change the world? You probably were glad they shut down NASA as well....If it were up to people like you we would be stuck with technology from the 1700's.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • Defender of Ernie

      You are all ignorant. It is time for you all to grow up. This is the United States of America. By the way, I like cheese. Do you like green shirts? Sandals are comfortable shoes.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      It was already paid for, might as well fire it. It doesn't cost less to let it just sit there.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  27. steeve-o

    I saw this on a movie once.... it was most likely hijacked out of the air by China to frame the Soviets. So somebody needs to go to Japan and disguise as a local, and invade a hollowed out volcano with an army of ninjas and keep your eye out for a short bald man with a cat in his lap.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  28. Reemo

    In related news, a swarm of Chinese soldiers have made their way into the Pacific coast with scuba gear and large nets...

    August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Sarah

      Are you certain they aren't just looking to catch the last of the blue fin tuna? I understand Mitsubishi is paying top dollar for all remaining blue fins. Lets extinguish them and reap the rewards at the dinner table.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Go Go Go

      We all know that China just got their first air craft carrier. But what I love is America just got their first Space Air Craft Carrier (The Minotaur). Be honest what are you more afraid of a single air craft carrier against the US Navy or a single space air craft carrier that can delivery you a bomb in five minutes?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  29. Sloppy Joe

    ICBM's are cheaper

    August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  30. Fast Eddie

    Wait a sec here! NY to LA in 12 minutes? Only if there is no plan to land it. It would take longer than 12 minutes to slow down enough to land. And as far as using it to deploy any type of bomb, forget it. The heat from the friction of air will vaporize any projectile launched from it. Where are the practical uses for such tech.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • UhYeaOk

      Well Fast Eddie, seems you know more than the engineers and scientists working on the project. Should we just defer to you any and all projects in the future?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • fRIEDmEGG

      A Genius is born...sigh... Only a short sighted person would assume that. If they can make a plane that can take those temperatures, do you think they can make a bomb/projectile that can also? Remember at those type speeds if a SOLID object is ejected, the force that it would hit with would be monsterous. Please, if there is one thing the US will always be good at is figuring out ways to bomb people

      August 11, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Perhaps the plane is the bomb. That thing hitting something at that speed would be pretty effective.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • plutarkosky

      maybe the plane itself is the payload, like a kamikaze plane from hell WWWHOOOOOOH

      August 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • BOOM

      Fly the plane at mach 20 into the target, explode bomb, double whammy

      August 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  31. closetiguana

    But we need to spend this money to protect us from being invaded.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Edward

      I agree with saving the money for better things, like saving to help the economy, but maybe no for being invaded.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • closetiguana

      Edward
      You know I joking, right?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  32. Sarah

    It travels faster than the speed of sound, of course you lost contact with it, your words are still trying to catch it. Meanwhile, in another dimension, people are wondering where this crazy contraption came from.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Commercial jets fly faster then the speed of sound. Have you ever looked up and saw an airplane and noticed the sound seems like it is farther behind it?

      August 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        Also false. Only the Concorde traveled faster than the speed of sound. The reason commercial jets appear farther ahead than where we percieve the sound to be coming from is because sound travels so much more slowly than light. Thus, the sound reaches us later, creating the phenomenon you mentioned.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
      • tomtom

        Um...no, commercial planes do not fly faster than the speed of sound and have not since the Concorde went out of service several years ago. If you are meaning to appear intentionally ignorant, I do apologize.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
      • TITsMaghee

        I like cheese

        August 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • ck1721

        Uh, no, they don't. Only the Concord ever flew faster than the speed of sound....and you can't see sound either. Did you hurt your brain or something?

        August 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Chris

      Sarah - Really? I hope you are a child in elementary school. Otherwise you should know that radio communications travel at the speed of light, not sound. Maintaing radio contact with aircraft travelling faster than the speed of sound is not a problem and has been reliably done for decades.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        Touche Chris, I did some research after my premature comment and found just that.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • Lisa

        Chill kids. I found Sarah's comment a source of imagination rather than a reflection of fact. Sounded like the basis of a fun story. Personally, I think technology is most likely far beyond what they're sharing with us. But cie la vie.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Lisa

      Sarah – Good one! LOL.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Sarah... that me laugh. Thanks for that!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  33. Somescrub

    Half of these responses are referencing a commercial use of this craft. Did you not read the article? This is a DOD based experiment. It will most certainly be used for some sort of military purpose, if its makers can ever get it to run right.

    Regardless of its use or potential lethality it is plainly evident that such a spacecraft is costing the American taxpayers millions of more dollars that should be spent elsewhere.

    If even half of the nation stood up and overthrew congress right now I guarantee we would all see some positive results to our nations woe's. The time for change is now. Do you really want the threat of a supersonic spacecraft that can travel at mach 20, but that cannot be controlled for more than a few minutes potentially crashing into your home? Didn't think so.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Ametrine

      If that was the attitude of scientists throughout the ages, we'd have nothing but rudimentary technology today. It's because people are willing to take risks with resources, time, and lives that we have what we do today.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • hmm

      This is good R&D - mach 20 tests push the limits of conventional aerodynamics. Is it a commodity to push the limits of high technology?

      So, you cut programs like this, get your budget cuts, and lose high tech jobs. People in this industry go to countries that can afford to develop high tech. Your country regresses. Then, high tech country takes over yours and you have to learn a different language.

      Spending "zero" is not a option. Make your politicians work for you the constituent - "sticking to your guns" is bad politics.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  34. Reemo

    The military is hoping to coin the phrase, "I will turbo nuke your country, foo!!!"

    August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  35. Earnest T Bass

    This isn't like crashing an R/C airplane costing several hundred dollars. Nope these things are very expensive budget busting teaching aids. Feed the children first,

    August 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • oh crap

      it cost $350 million since 2003. A drop in the bucket for a shot at advancing technology

      August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • Sarah

        Site your source for the $$

        August 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
      • oh crap

        This was according to bloomberg news

        August 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  36. Dano

    Is it a DeLorean? Was there a flux capacitor on board?

    August 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  37. Tax Payer

    So, how many billions of my tax dollars were pissed away by this latest most excellent military fiasco? I like exploration such as this, but come on guys! In this lousy economy and with government cuts, can't you "brainiacs" do a test flight without pissing away billions into something that obviously had major flaws???

    August 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Bad_Conduct

      Smoothing landing, right on China's new aircraft carrier.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • Marge

      This is why our defense spending is breaking the country. These contracts, which are considered pork, for states like Ohio and Texas to name a few are the reasons the defense spending is not being cut. These states are bringing these contracts home to get the money. they don't care how they are breaking the economy. See where they had contracts and built 3 -300 million aircraft carriers. they were never used and they sent them to the scrap yard. It has to stop.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
      • Jay

        No, the defense spending that is breaking our country is unfortunately... war not experimental pocket change items like this.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Ed Rooney

      This WAS the test flight, and it was SUPPOSED to end up in the ocean

      August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • kman02

      I'm sure YOU paid billions of dollars in taxes.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      You're worried about this little test flight and the "billions" it may have cost? How old are you? 12? Or are you 40 and have been in a coma for the past 30 years? Any idea what the Pentagon's annual budget is? What this incident cost would be the amount of loose change buried in the average couch at the Pentagon.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Huh?

      You have paid billions in taxes? Wow! Good for you!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  38. D W

    So,the mythical and mysterious 'Aurora' aircraft exists after all. Now all that's left is JFK, Bigfoot, and the O'Hare UFO. lol

    August 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Bad_Conduct

      Don't forget Osama bin Laden's body!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  39. Rick

    This is a program to get military personnel to a location around the world. Not for the normal joe. Maines and Airforce have this as a budget item.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • BS

      Uhh did u read the article? It said unmanned aircraft idiot. Which means that it actually doesnt fly people around. This isnt Startrek dude

      August 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Mr. Wick

      Marines have this as a budget item, yeah right, I'm a Marine and can't even get a damn copier in my office! I don't even have enough workspace for my Marines. Maybe the Chair Force has this as a budget item. The Marine Corps is the little brother to everyone else, we get all the "hand-me-downs"

      August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • MOJarry

        Mr. Wick: that's why the Marines are the few and the proud. By the way, what true Marine EVER needed a copy machine? Desk job?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  40. Chris, Austin

    This technology is not for passengers. It's for warheads. Folks commenting on here make some good points about the fact that it would not be re-usable, and that the kind of acceleration involved would squash people into jelly. But, the ability to deliver a warhead anywhere on the planet in an hour or less would be a significant upgrade to our offensive strike capability.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      Read more carefully. This was an unmanned TEST vehicle. Not the actual vehicle. And we already have ICBM's that can deliver warheads around the world in a half hour. In fact one ICBM can deliver multiple warheads to multiple targets. We've had them for several decades. They need to start teaching history in school again. The only reason for a vehicle of this type is to deliver personnel. This way you would not need to keep special forces units stationed around the globe. You could get anywhere in a half hour. You can't do that in a C-17 or a C-5. Do a little research and you will find that this is true. This system could actually end up saving billions of dollars once it becomes operational.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  41. iceman

    my question is if we are so worried about our stock market and debt problem then why waste all the money in developing something so point less and the worst part is how much tax payers money funded the cockamimi ship and now look they lost the darn thing really i still think we should put projects like this in the trash and worry about educating the youth of america more since that is our future. seriously the way this country is going a elementry school class would be better then congress. so my message is to stop wasting everyones taxes on stuff that doesnt help the people in some way!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      I agree with you 100%. This project must have costed millons in not more. People should be outraged and start calling thier so called leaders. I tend to call them the leading idoits but that's just me.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • McDanel

      The money is not lost from the economy, but actually was paid out in the form of wages, and payments to subcontractors for materials and services.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply
      • dhakal

        So, actually it improved economy by creating jobs 😉

        August 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
    • teach2fish

      I agree – why pay working smart people to do R&D and further technology when we can pump it into welfare (/sarcasm).

      The main problem with the DoD budget is when Congress members make the DoD continue buying stuff they don't want as pork for their constituents as a way to buy votes and get reelected. R&D such as this eventually helps the economy from ‘trickle-down technology.’ This benefits us when consumers are out spending.

      Want to reduce DoD budget? First, cut it in half. We spend twice as much as the rest of the world combined. I like being number 1, but we can be #1 at half the cost. Next, any wars have to be paid for out of the existing budget – no extra money. This should make them think twice about doing any more than absolutely necessary. Enable success by allowing DoD to figure out what they want to spend their budget on and keep Congress out of that aspect of it.

      IMHO

      August 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  42. Earnest T Bass

    Spending more money of which we can't afford to spend .Or spend it on more fruitful domestic aid.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  43. Curt

    Could you imagine these thing used to somehow transport equipment... Even though I bet there going so fast they could only be used for bombs.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      Jesus Christ! Hasn't anyone here ever heard of reconnaissance aircraft? Bombs are HEAVY payloads. Take a look at BOMBER planes sometime. They are huge, lumbering beasts, and virtually never go supersonic. The intelligence of the average American has definitely plummeted in the last couple of decades.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • jancer

        Uh, supersonic bombers have been used in the U.S. AirForce since the mid 80s and are hardly always giant and lumbering. Try doing some research yourself before trying to make someone feel stupid.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • hillman

        THIS THING IS A TIME MACHINE PEOPLE IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING ELSE BUT THAT

        August 11, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
      • durrr

        have you ever seen a cruise missle? or any missle? Did you know that this is 2011 and not 1940?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  44. johnny Q

    can i have sex with that thing please

    August 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Richimo

      Dude... YOU ARE MY HERO!

      August 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  45. Egg

    It was lost during a pre flight test? So I assume we spent huge sums of money for no useful data, as the actual experiment never took place? And what's the point of this anyway? Military? Can't we blow things up quick enough yet?

    August 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      It's not about blowing things up. This is neither a fighter nor a bomber.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • not yet

        please yet for the next version

        August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Corinnian

      The point of this is evident, we're developing a new method of delivering pizza. Papa John's donated a massive amount of money to us and we're putting that technology to good use. Soon you'll have their delicious pizza, faster than you could ever imagine.

      Sometimes things don't work out as planned and you nose-dive into the ocean or deliver a burnt pizza. Failing is a part of success.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
      • Steve

        It does not just deliver the pizzas, it cooks them as well.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • Claire

        You mean I could get my pizza before I even think to order it?

        August 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Minionian

        I've been in and out of this article and its comments and I conclude that you have no life sir.
        Don't you work or go to school or something? You don't have anything else to occupy your time? Knock it off with the papa john's jokes, you lack originality... I think you posted your papa johns theory 4 times+
        Original? yes, the first time.
        After 5 times? not quite.

        Yes this probably cost us plenty of cash but remember the project has been in operation for YEARS. The economy wasn't in such a bad position when this project started.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        Never mind the anti-Papa John's machine. PizzaHut is trying to get in the game. 😉

        August 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Corinnian

        Sir, this is not a joke. It's reality. I am spreading the word so that everyone prepares for the exciting new technology that Papa John's has to offer.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        hahaha! love it.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Chris

      This thing is very hot in flight and air around get ionized, disrupting radio contact.
      I wander how they make any radio contact in this conditions.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        frikken lazer beams man! lol

        August 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  46. Keith

    There is no civilian market for this thing. It actually goes ballistic – outside the atmosphere – so it has to endure re-entry. There is no substance known, including titanium alloys, which can stand the heat and mechanical stresses of multiple re-entries. Which means every time the craft is used, its outer surface has to be rebuilt at a cost of millions. If you have to replace the skin of an aircraft every time it flies, the cheapest tickets will cost more than $100,000.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Bruce

      You have to assume that point is a known one, which means that somewhere in the development plan for this is the assumption that materials technologies will advance to produce a reusable skin for this aircraft, or at least, a skin that can take more than 1 or 2 reentries. Either that, or this project will remain military until such advancements occur.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Ever heard of Starlite? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/5158972/Starlite-the-nuclear-blast-defying-plastic-that-could-change-the-world.html Yes, this solves all of the problems that you described.....

        August 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
      • Lisa

        Dave, this is an amazing article!

        August 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • WhyOhWhy

      More than 50 times Edison succeeded in discovering what a working light bulb WASNT before he discovered what it WAS. If you were Edison, we'd all still be in the dark after you gave up after the first attempt. Stay in your mom's basement and keep posting though, it's amusing.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Sandman

      I'm sure the skin is a spawn of the space shuttle skin. You can heat that to over 3000 degrees and it will survive. Also if the tiles did not come off, they were reusable.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Zero10

      It's not so much about the practical use. Putting forth the effort to do something like this is more about showing that they can do it.

      August 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  47. slow one

    LA to New York in 2 minutes.....still 2 hours @ TSA

    August 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  48. ttr

    I don't know where this Seth clown is from but he is a jerkass.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      Funny that you call him a clown, when you yourself are in fact an ex-clown, laid off from Barnum and Bailey. That's right, ttr we've got your file here, you graduated from Clown College, summa cum laude. What do you have to say about that?

      August 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  49. JoeHammer

    It would be nice if they would use this in commercial flights. I hate sitting for 5 hrs going from west coast to east coast.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      You know what else would be nice? If you could shell out the $20,000 per seat needed for that kind of service, because it won't be Southwest operating it.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • HammerJoe

      You did read the part about 2 flights, 2 cr4ashes, right?

      August 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
      • MarylandBill

        Ok, two flights, and two failures; ever read up on how many failures the space program had in the days right after sputnik?

        As for the G-forces, I doubt they are worse than the space shuttle was. Probably no more than 3-4G's.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • Vesstair

      Too bad this would kill you. I mean that literally- the kind of acceleration to do that would make you black out and die.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  50. Dude

    So has any media asked how UFOs tracked on radar moving this fast in the past, that change direction, and are visually seen, can do this yet we can't? Lets put one and one together: proof of craft that move this fast, yet we can't. So where's the follow up questions? Oh yeah...time to chuckle and laugh as we go to commercial. How is this not obvious to so many, yet only questioned by a few? Oh yeah there is no "safe" answer...only more scary questions...hide your head in the sand and go on with your shopping at Wal-Mart and let some debunker that makes up an answer tuck you in at night. Come on guys step up–ask the tough questions.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      Here is a tough question for you, Dude! How do you like your pizza? And how would you feel if this pizza could be delivered to you in less than 30 seconds? Mill over that for a bit and let us know. We're going to go shopping at Wal-Mart for diapers, we'll check our fax machine when we return and see if you've answered it or not. Thanks for your support!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • Dude

        I like my pizza hot and apparently saucer shaped. Right now I only hunger for the truth...which seems to be lacking in our society's fear of addressing an issue we all know exists.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Timetraveler

      Lay off the bong, "Dude". It's turned you brain to jelly.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • Dude

        Yep typical brush off pitch from those that don't want to look at the facts from our own military reports. We can't do this yet someone has for (at least) the past 50 years. Marginalize as always, so you can sleep well tonight.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  51. chris black

    Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 60 seconds.

    August 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • Ca Ed

      Would there be any time for the boring in-flight safety film?

      Ladies and Gentlemen; One air-strike with a duck or false move by the crew and you, along with your flying comrades, will be spread over 100's of miles.
      No time to prey, scream or text your loved ones.
      Have a nice flight..

      August 11, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  52. whoa!

    good, maybe they can use it to take food and medical supplies to needy areas around the world in less than an hour! Drop food, not bombs...

    August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      That's what Papa John's and DARPA plan to do! Thanks for your support!

      All the best!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • Billy

        You were at that meeting? shhh.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • Captain America

      Right, that's why the military is testing this craft...to deliver food.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      Food doesn't quite have the explosive power of bombs.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • Dr Techie

        Well... bean burritos...

        August 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • rds13601

        Too bad Justin Bieber wasn't on it

        August 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  53. Yuka

    Yea, 2 cents of 100 gazillion

    August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  54. Badeley-Bent

    I wonder if at that speed gravity acts like a magnet creating an electrical field that radio waves can't compete with? OR may be solar flares? Maybe they should test at night when the path would be sheltered from solar activity?

    August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Vesstair

      Do.... you have any idea what you're talking about? Because it sure doesn't sound like it. We don't know why gravity works yet, but we DO know it's different from electromagnetism.

      I'm guessing it's a lot more likely there was a physical failure somewhere in this craft which was launched into orbit, re-entered the atmosphere (reaching temperatures of around 3500 degrees), and traveled at over 3 and a half miles per SECOND. That's a lot of stress.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • showboat

        no more stress than the ole bat gives her hubby.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • look at your foolishness

      Hey, thanks for the good laugh. You know in space the sun is always out.
      WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW YOUR STUPID!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • IndeeD

        Wow, you remind me of that girl on facebook that thought the sun wasn't a star.

        August 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  55. yes

    YES, the economy will improve tenfold because of this thing!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Ever heard of research and development? These are the things that the world wants to buy...that's how you make money by creating products no one else has and people will want.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Long

        Well Rob it is ok to make money, but I bet they are spending my money to support the gov project!!

        August 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Sean

      LOLZ!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  56. DrDiomedes

    Who was the prime contractor?

    August 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Glenn Quagz

      Lockheed.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Earnest T Bass

      X Box 360.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
      • showboat

        actually, it was a knockoff from China, you know they can copy anything but it is still JUNK.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • BS

        Xbox 360 is
        microsoft idiot

        August 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  57. tooMuchTime2Kill

    To heck with it. I say, and I'll take a moment to quote myself (lol), "It's just money". "Spend it on the fun stuff before daddy makes us be responsible". 🙂

    August 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Joseph

      OK, Lets knock it off with the economy complaints and wisecracks. This thing was funded LONG before the bottom fell out of the economy in 2007 and has probably been in fab phase since then. Lets get off the high horses here! The fact is, projects like these are what contributed to Bin Laden's death and all the subsequent cheering and glass raising in your home town. Maybe if we had let the research team work a little more freely, the chopper wouldn't have crashed and Bin @r$ehole might not have been alerted.... we might have been interrogating his arse as we speak

      August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        You misunderstand. Or more correctly, I have not stated my opinion. My post that you replied to was for entertainment purposes only. I was having so much fun reading this entertaining thread that I just had to contribute to the hilarity.
        I'm the LAST person on earth who would question (or even care) how much money is spent on R&D projects.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  58. Captain Falcon

    Falcon Punch!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  59. Westside Lou

    The Chinese just launched their new shiny aircraft carrier. We just showed them what we're working on to render it useless.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • DrDiomedes

      Their carrier is old and rusty. More political posturing. (Not that it is not a threat, but still doesnt stack up to our eleven carriers)

      August 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
      • JoeHammer

        We should worry about the Chinese-Russian converted carrier. In this day and age it is about who has the most money, something the Chinese have and we don't. Grow up boys.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Joblue

      It is neither shiny or new...it was a rusting hulk bought from the Ukrainians

      August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • DocLowery

      Who cares what the Chinese creates after they've seen the innovative technology of the US let them slave and pine away competing. It's people like you who think countries like that are better and they are not. This country has many faults but we do many things to help other countries even if there is an agenda most times. However, you never hear about these so honorable and stoic people doing anything for anyone else.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • iServe

      Considering that its some rusty Soviet refurbished hull of a ship from the 90's, I dont know if you words shinny or new are applicable for the Chinese first aircraft carrier.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • Westside Lou

        it's called sarcasm... wrong group..

        August 11, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Ashita

      We're the only country in the world that fields more than two carriers and the only one that operates their carriers well beyond regional waters on a regular basis. I think we'll be okay.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  60. pw

    Jimmy Johns is Freaky Fast!!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • lucerot

      LMAO!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  61. Sceptic

    Nice. Glad they raised the debt ceiling so they can fund projects that crash and burn. Literally burning our cash away. Might as well laugh else we'd all be crying.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • mickp13

      It's not really literally is it, unless the craft were literally covered in money.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  62. Larry Ellison

    You stupid CNN... why is there "PUBLICAR" instead of "POST".
    This is the English version, not MESSIKAN!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • MrBo

      Says the genius who thinks "Messkan" or "Mexican" are languages...

      August 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • god

        Are you a MexiCAN? or a MexiCAN'T?

        August 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • Ian

      u mad bro?

      August 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
      • Glenn Quagz

        LOL! he broke out the COD MW2 lingo! GG PWNED.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Westside Lou

      Wrong post. The "I'm threatened by other languages post" in on Breitbart's site.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  63. Onewhoknows9

    This is so fricken cool!!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  64. shawn

    I am happy to have my tax dollars spent on science and technology over pointless wars or abstinence only "education" nonsense, etc. We should also be spending more on science & math education and transforming our entire infrastructure to green technology. That's money very well spent, and absolutely necessary to keep our country competitive and more sustainably prosperous...and secure.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • hardsteel

      I would agree as well. So would we have Warp Drive if we took the money we have spent on Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade and used it for science R&D??

      At least something close to it:)

      August 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • BadKarma

      BRAVO!!!!!

      August 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  65. bobcat2u

    Next best thing to teleportation !!!!!! That is just totally awesome.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  66. checkyofacts

    "Update 12:29pET- DARPA says it could not regain contact with HTV2 but the hypersonic wedge can terminate its flight autonomously."

    The wedge has become self-aware.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • hardsteel

      Wait for the first comments regarding "rise of the machines" or that awful movie Stealth with the AI fighter jet. Jessica Biel was the only thing in that movie worth watching.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      Please, calm down. It was a successful pizza delivery! The customer ordered a mushroom and sausage pizza and enjoyed it thoroughly. We'll start tracking it again when we do our next test delivery. Please ignore that nose-dive at the end of the demo!

      All the best!

      August 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • Nagrad

        The customer did say the pizza was a little over-done though. I guess the 3400 degree oven might have been a little overkill

        August 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Corinnian

        In some cultures burnt pizza is a sign of wealth....

        August 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        But wait! Although my pizza did arrive at just about the same time I hung-up the phone, there weren't any onion on it like I asked. I attempted to reprogram your snazzy delivery vehicle to return the pizza. But my programming skills on your newest guidance systems seems to be lacking. Maybe next time. SuperBowl Sunday perhaps?

        August 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Corinnian

        In all honesty, we don't support onions or onion technology.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • tooMuchTime2Kill

        Damn! I forgot to RTFM!

        August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  67. dsak

    pretty crap simulator demo for something so badass

    August 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Larry Ellison

      Let us see your simulator demo Mr. Expert.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      Look, we're running on Windows 95 systems here, Papa John's only donated enough money for the flying wedge or slice (as they prefer to call it). You'll have to excuse the graphics. Wait until we apply the pizza paint job to the wedge. Soon you'll see pizza slices flying through the air at Mach 20.

      Put that in your milk!

      August 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  68. Snarf

    Well... there goes the 2 that didn´t give much information since all the wind tunnel didn´t predicted what happens really outside.
    We had the B1B that could get normally to mach 4 (some military sayed that it could get to mach 5 but it couldn´t open the bay doors at that speed at the pilot didn´t had any control over it), since it was super expensive and it was the only first nuclear strike team in the world... it got axed.
    Now they lost the second prototype of this new weapon...

    August 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  69. hardsteel

    Screw this, I want Warp Drive.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  70. Concerned Passanger

    Complimentary adult diapers will be a requirement for all passengers and crew.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Complimentary diapers??? You can't even get complimentary peanuts anymore.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • hardsteel

        Pretty sure occupants would either wet themselves or crap their pants when looking at the speedometer. Although for comedy sake, needs to be the analog needle type gauge with a level called "Ludicrous Speed".

        August 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • god

        Actually they will have safety capsules for passengers made from the finest pine and satin lined.

        August 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  71. Just maybe

    Maybe FEDEX or UPS could use this. I'd love to have lunch delivered from a different part of the country each day.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  72. hardsteel

    I still think using these for kinetic strikes with tungsten rods would be a great deterrent. Gotta watch out once the old Asian women start driving them though....

    August 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  73. SPW

    The only reason America was ever on top is because of the great innovations made in the scientific community.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Mr Bean

      Yes, and that was in the 20th Century, now we are in the 21st and values and priorities have change if you haven't noticed. Haven't we learned anything as humans?

      August 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  74. Kristal

    its not much different then a black mineral i've discovered same basic outline (streamlined) wish i could put the image up that nature not man produced has to be seen i guess to really be appreciated google vince lewis (the natural world) RockArt ' see what i am referring to nature is the Idea its up to mankind to bring it to creation .

    August 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  75. Meep Zorp

    Great. We will be able to fly from Zoo York To Lost Angels in 12 minutes but we will still have to get to the airport 2 hours early and the flight will still be delayed for 2 hours because of computers or weather. So this will be faster for us in the future. I'm sure by then the TSA will need a full naked rectal exam, MRI, DNA scan so that should add another 6 hours. Progress. Great!!!!! Gotta love all those well spent tax dollars for absolutely nuthin.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • buckbee

      lol..."zoo york"

      August 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  76. buzz

    The SCRAM will deliver a particle beam to missles headed to destroy our satillites

    August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  77. cost do sol

    You guys must be joking make me laugh about all this supersonic stuff.It belongs to the computer gone is the age of supersonic flight,shuttles,heavy lift rockets and many others. we going back to the dark ages. where are the test flights?
    all you get nowadays is computer simulations.Cant even build a jetliner properly nowadays??

    August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • ccp sucks

      You sound scared. I would crap myself if I was china government.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • D. Bones

      Clearly you didn't read the article. this video was the re-enactment of the test flight based on the data they recovered from it. How do you think we got to the level of technology we have these days. test, examine results, test again.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • meko

      hypersonic is not supersonic. big difference

      August 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  78. Roshen

    Wow I love how a lot of these comments are about "HOW MUCH DID IT COST" and "WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY".

    Our country is not supposed to be doing little things and putting the big stuff on other countries. We are supposed to be the country that does big things. Most of the time big things cost money. But it's worth it in the end.

    Stop being so stupid.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • Drew

      Sometimes, but remember that we are in a ridiculous amount of debt yet that seems not to phase any of our elected leaders.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Lets see how we all feel when we NEED to cut our SS and Medicrap and all the other programs to pay for just the fund a stupied flight that crashed or is floating toward the moon right now. I'm all for advances and maybe if we get out of debt as a country we can start funding these projects again but i just witnessed my leaders go bat sh*t crazy on the hill about cutting spending and here we are spending more money we don't have. Common people wake the hell up.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  79. Melissa

    Absolutely incredible. I love science. But I do wonder about the impact having hundreds of these (or more) flying through the atmosphere would have on the environment due to the wind and heat they would generate.

    August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
    • blah blah

      Really?

      August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • McAzzy

      Given they would fly much higher (out of the atmosphere according to this article) than conventional aircraft, and for far shorter periods, the effects would be minimal.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • ccp sucks

      They will have a lot of impact on chinese missiles. Making them useless.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  80. Kristal

    y the need at theses bad economic times 4 such a craft that needs shuttle panels, 3500 degees just another space shuttle get the economy in good shape then bring on the new age stuff

    August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Bakamjakafoo

      Advancements in science are where you get the new jobs to repair the economy.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • McAzzy

        Exactly! Boening needs something new to build!

        August 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • blah blah

      It's not like this is something brand new. This has probably been 10+ years in the making.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • amouramis

      Why? Think about who's making it... the military. Think about the goal "anywhere in the world in 1 minute". Now add our economic situation to that. Of course under the guise of commercial transportation (economically unfeasible) stuff like this is announced, but in truth it's most likely a good way to deliver a nuke on enemy territory before the enemy has time to respond. Even if one of these wasn't nuclear, the sheer shock wave and pressure from an object with that mass hitting a target would destroy at LEAST a city. Why you ask? For the coming war.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  81. capiers

    "This chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!"

    August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      I can see the pictures above stretching and hear the scream! Thanks for the haunted house reference amist this babling.... and whats the deal with the post button saying publicar (hablamas espanol much????)

      August 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  82. bob

    Waste of money and time

    August 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • DJCowboy

      That's what they said when inventing the wheel

      August 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • ccp sucks

      Says the chinese agent, while crapping his pants.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  83. Annexian

    And if the so-called "Mainstream" 9/11 story is true, our main enemy used box cutters, flunked out of flight school and good old thuggery. A rich Saudi prince spent a couple thousand, not even a million, to do a billion in damage and countless trillions as the country went bug-nuts over what to it was a beesting...

    And this is worth like NOTHING since if we use things like this openly against other nations, it's WW3 and it won't matter how fast we nuke them since most have remote triggers and automated systems to ensure "MAD" – heh look up Russia's "Dead Hand" for a real thrill/scare...

    Oh, yeah, the next major "Rival" over the seas is China. But they don't need to fire a shot. Thanks to all the debt and trade advantages one administration after another has given them, thanks to all the jobs sent there to cheat the American his day's wages, they could instantly create a worse than 30s depression with a WORD. They don't need to fire a shot, and with our parasitic rich elite controlling the government, any "Progressive" measure is negated to ensure short-term profit.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • wtfman

      What does this conspiracy shit have to do with the story? Go watch more Alex Jones.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • economist

      and do we not have controlling influence over china? remember the chicken and tire tariffs from a couple years ago? they shit their pants.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  84. sdred

    Its been over an hour...do they not have a locator system on this thing? Last time it lost contact it fell into the ocean, how long until it stops and they can locate it?

    August 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • oh crap

      there was never a plan to locate only track, they know where its going... to the bottom of the ocean they never reclaim these vehicles.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • sdred

        Funny, cause this is the 2nd flight for this "device", on the 1st run it fell into the oceam and reclaimed.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • oh crap

        WOW, yeah cause it's the second one they build genuis thats why its called HTV-2. Read the article.

        August 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  85. Mike

    Are you frigging kidding me. How much did this little experiament cost us? The seems to be missing in the article.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • John

      Go away and bury your head back in the sand. We got your message: All innovation should end and we should become a third-rate country again blah-blah-blah...

      August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • Seth Bruce

        What's the problem? Right? The US has tons of money to piss away on this garbage. I can't wait till the US crashes and burns. Likely in a matter of weeks. And they wonder why the rest of the world is laughing at them in their time of crisis.

        August 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
      • Mike

        You got my message load and clear. The goverment needs to learn to cut spending what they don't have. CUT CUT CUT. Until you can learn to pay your frigging bills yes innovation – goodbye for now.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • metoo

      It doesn't cost anything – just add it to the national debt and it's free.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  86. goobernutt

    Sounds like this puppy needs inertial dampeners in case some one wants to hop on board...All space tech roads lead back to the late great Gene Roddenberry. Don't worry Gene, we're starting to catch up to your extraordinary vision of the future and yes we know 13,000 mph is no where even close to 186,000 mps...oh well, bear with us a little while longer Gene...

    August 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  87. Hmmm?

    Always wondered how they avoided collision with other aircraft during their tests? I have to assume there is some kind of device to track other flight paths? Or they test at an altitude above normal flight patterns? At 13k mph, there would be no chance for anyone who might be in the way.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
    • Reg

      they designate a temporary no fly zone.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      There are/were a lot of avian causalities, lots of ducks, several pelicans. That's why all of the pizzas delivered come with an assorted mix of hot wings. I realize that we say it's chicken but let's be honest, it all tastes the same. Papa John's only uses the freshest ingredients. Further proof of that. Thanks for your support!

      August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  88. Mike J

    For defense purposes I can see dangers. Our radar doesn't have the range to give fare warning of their approach. As far as offensive purposes, limitless. I need one in my driveway.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  89. Reg

    There are only a handful nations capable of hyper-sonic flight. Of the top of my head: USA, India, Australia, Russia.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • jon

      avro arrow from Canada?

      August 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • Reg

        Sorry the avro arrow was only supersonic, not hypersonic (speeds higher than Mach 5).

        August 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  90. Seth

    Yay! More money wasted! We could have fed starving people but instead, lets build a ridiculous little "plane" who's only conceivable purpose is to deliver nuclear weapons. This wasn't NASA folks, this was DARPA, so we can somehow use this thing for defense? They clearly have too much money.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      I wonder how much of our tax dollars go to corporate welfare.

      And I wonder how much of our tax dollars go to pay for pet pork projects, for certain senators and representatives.

      And I wonder how much of our tax dollars are exploited by those who use Medicaid and Medicare, to finance their projects and enterprises.

      It’s time to start holding our legislators accountable.

      Perhaps we should give our legislators allowance, like parents do for little children.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • Teresa

        Don't give them anything. See how many of those retards will work for free "in the interests of the Country."

        August 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
      • oh crap

        Amen Teresa, thats what I'm talking about.

        August 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Corinnian

      Don't worry, Seth! Papa John's and DARPA are going to bring food delivery to an entirely new level with this technology. You can rest assured that all of the starving mouths will be fed, preferably with delicious pizza from, Papa Johns!

      Seasons Greetings!

      – DARPA

      August 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Reply
      • nateD2000

        Delivered in 30 seconds or less!

        August 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • OMAC

      Yes let's dismantle the very agency that gave us the Internet and GPS. I say give them more money.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        Al Gore created the internet!

        August 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Sean

      Seth, we already spend billions on welfare countries. I think we are entitled to use some of OUR money for what we choose.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • jbaer

      You are free to give all of your own money away to feed those who won't work. Just reach into your pocket and hand it out.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  91. J. Bambrick

    This is the sort of thing that 'may' be possible but, in reality, never will. The US can't even get to the ISS without paying the Ruskies to take them there. Maybe priorities should be re-examined?

    August 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • BBoy705

      The USA is a warrior nation, this fits the M.O. perfectly!

      August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  92. ggrondin

    Its got the same shape as the craft (when transformed) from Flight of the Navigator, interesting..

    August 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Seth Bruce

      Ahahaha that's EXACTLY what I thought when I seen the photo! Greatest movie of all time =)

      August 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  93. raydog

    how can fuel spill into the ocean from a glider? duh

    August 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  94. jmpgfoto

    Ha, this is no big deal. My wife already drives faster than that on the freeway!

    August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  95. vharmony

    So....I would like to know. Was there a cleanup effort after it crashed into the Pacific? Was there fuel spilling into our ocean? Just wish we would all take better care of our planet is all.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • cyrus

      No, there was no clean up what so ever. They just left it and all the fuel in the ocean. Also they poored a little extra oil in just for good measures :/ Dude think before you speak.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • tac

      It's a GLIDER...hello!? No engine thus no fuel.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Reply
  96. jon

    For all the people that think that this can carry humans, how many Gforce before the body gives out to the pressure?, even fighter pilots use suits to help them?

    August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • J. Bambrick

      G-forces arise from 'acceleration' not velocity. Once you are at ANY velocity, there are no G-forces.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
      • Will

        That may be true about the g-forces but you would still have to slowly accelerate to that speed which would totally defeat the purpose of a high speed vehicle such as this. I don't think this is meant for humans.

        August 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • wuphysics87

        Acceleration is due to a rate of change of a velocity vector. That can include the magnitude of the vector as in linear acceleration or the direction of the acceleration as in centripetal acceleration. There can be a positive acceleration with constant velocity if the object is changing direction.

        August 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • Troy

        True, but hitting the ocean at Mach 20 would certainly involve quite a bit of g-force.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Earnest T Bass

        unless your going in circles.

        August 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  97. woo woo

    this kinda looks like a dream i had one time. the plane took about 20-30 minutes to get where it normally took several hours to fly to a location. the plane would hit a hight orbit and then proceed to "accelerate" very quickly. in this dream i had the plane was wider but the passengers were cut down to about fifty sixty....
    lol who knows what advances this will produce for air travel.
    yay my two cents

    August 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • OK

      Take your two cents back, short bus.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • McAzzy

      I watched that episode of Star Trek too... I say screw the planse and bring on the transporters! XD

      August 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  98. Spaceballs

    Dark Helmet: Light speed is too slow, we'll have to go to ludacris speed!"
    Crewmembers: "Gasp!"
    Colonel Sanders "Ludacris speed?!? Why sir I don't think we've ever gone that fast before. I don't think the ship can take it..."
    Dark Helmet: "What's wrong Colonel Sanders? Chicken?!?"

    August 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Mr. Mo'Kelly

      Don't you mean "LUDICROUS" speed? The rapper I'm sure would be flattered, but his moniker wasn't around when Space Balls came out. No hope for young people.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Corinnian

      This actually what inspired the lyrics in Ludacris' song, "Move B*tch" ...

      August 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Corinnian

        This is also what inspired me to leave out 'is' in my previous comment...

        August 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • hardsteel

      Colonel: Are you alright sir?
      Helmet: Fine, how have you been?
      Colonel: Fine sir
      Helmet: Good
      Colonel: It's a good thing you were wearing that helmet
      Helmet: Yeah,
      Colonel: What should we do now sir?
      Helmet: Well, are we stopped?
      Colonel: We're stopped sir
      Helemt: Good....why don't we take a 5 minute break?
      Colonel: Very good sir
      Helmet: Smoke if you got em'.........splat.

      August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Joe Somebody

      I'm having trouble with the radar, sir.

      August 11, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
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