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    Well there goes another trillion US dollars

    I guess they lost a plane. A trillion dollar one.

    [url]http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/110811/darpa-pentagon-fastest-plane-hypersonic-glider-test[/url]

    good thing the market outlook is good right?

    [QUOTE]DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has lost contact with its experimental Falcon hypersonic glider during a flight test.

    DARPA announced on Twitter (@DARPA_News) that it had “lost telemetry” with its Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).

    The U.S. military's hypersonic glider was launched Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard an Air Force Minotaur IV rocket, and has the capacity to glide at the far reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere at Mach 20, or 13,000 mph, making it the fastest plane ever.

    The Falcon HTV-2 flies so fast that it could travel from New York to Los Angeles in just 12 minutes, CNET says.

    DARPA tweeted the glider’s progress Thursday morning, first announcing the plane's successful separation from the Minotaur rocket before later breaking the news that “range assets have lost telemetry” with the HTV-2

    DARPA said in a tweet that: “Downrange assets did not reacquire tracking or telemetry. HTV-2 has an autonomous flight termination capability. More to follow.”

    This was the second of more than 20 planned tests aimed at advancing “critical technologies to make long-duration hypersonic flight a reality,” DARPA said, according to USA Today.

    The first test in April 2010 lasted only nine minutes before contact was lost — possibly due to overheating — forcing operators to execute a "controlled descent into the ocean,” USA Today says.
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    [QUOTE=Paradis;4100317]DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has lost contact with its experimental Falcon hypersonic glider during a flight test.

    [B][SIZE="5"]DARPA announced on Twitter [/SIZE][/B](@DARPA_News) that it had “lost telemetry” with its Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2).

    The U.S. military's hypersonic glider was launched Thursday from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard an Air Force Minotaur IV rocket, and has the capacity to glide at the far reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere at Mach 20, or 13,000 mph, making it the fastest plane ever.

    The Falcon HTV-2 flies so fast that it could travel from New York to Los Angeles in just 12 minutes, CNET says.

    DARPA tweeted the glider’s progress Thursday morning, first announcing the plane's successful separation from the Minotaur rocket before later breaking the news that “range assets have lost telemetry” with the HTV-2

    DARPA said in a tweet that: “Downrange assets did not reacquire tracking or telemetry. HTV-2 has an autonomous flight termination capability. More to follow.”

    This was the second of more than 20 planned tests aimed at advancing “critical technologies to make long-duration hypersonic flight a reality,” DARPA said, according to USA Today.

    The first test in April 2010 lasted only nine minutes before contact was lost — possibly due to overheating — forcing operators to execute a "controlled descent into the ocean,” USA Today says.[/QUOTE]

    Well there's your problem right there! Maybe Mission Control was tweeting instructions to our trillion dollar Hypersonic plane and somehow the wires got crossed and the plane thought the Jets were getting Nnamdi Asomugha? :huh:

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    just to be clear

    a successful test ends with DARPA instructing the plane to dive into the ocean

    this thing wasn't gonna come back either way

    ps- it wasn't actually a trillion dollars either ;)

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    2 trillion?

    How much?


    If it was less than $4 trillion the S&P will downgrade it.

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    Awesome. The balance of our federal deficit disappeared off of our radar.


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    Don't forget defense, it is there to protect and serve our country. Not every country in the world. I want our troops back from the four corners of the world. It is time that the other countries provided their own defense. Enough of our precious blood has been spilled, NO MORE! When was the last time anyone came to our defense. The Revolutionary War maybe?

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    In 2003 Darpa 1 cost 320 Million, number 2 can't find a cost on it. But it must have been high it seems the program has been scraped. Darpa 1 took a nose dive 2.

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    [QUOTE=MnJetFan;4100542]In 2003 Darpa 1 cost 320 Million, number 2 can't find a cost on it. But it must have been high it seems the program has been scraped. Darpa 1 took a nose dive 2.[/QUOTE]

    let's estimate the cost at 2 billion dollars (a huge number)

    that's still 1/500th of a Trillion

    the thread title is extremely misleading

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    [QUOTE=bitonti;4100779]let's estimate the cost at 2 billion dollars (a huge number)

    that's still 1/500th of a Trillion

    the thread title is extremely misleading[/QUOTE]

    Ah a few billion here or there. Very small in the times we find ourselves in!

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