DARPA tests Falcon HTV-2 to the tune of 13,000 miles per hour
Mach 20, baby.
DARPA has always been my personal heaven with all the cool toys they work on. With them you don’t have silly questions like, “Why do we need this, again?” You just get pertinent ones like, “How should we weaponize this humping robot?”
A recent item they have been working on and recently tested was the second flight of their Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2. A simple wedge-shaped glider that goes sub-orbital then comes back into the atmosphere at 13,000 miles per hour. It is being created for the global strike weapons program. Now let’s take a moment here to soak this all in. With the circumference of the earth being about 25000 miles around, that means this thing could be raining death upon any given person on the planet within an hour. At that speed, you wouldn’t even need bombs or other artillery methods. You could just be dropping pennies like that punk kid on the top of a skyscraper.
Unfortunately for DARPA and Lockheed Martin (the creators), the first two flights have been met with some unfortunate problems. The first flight back in April of last year had the team losing contact with it shortly after the launching rocket detached. This second flight lost contact shortly into the glide phase after reentry. So if you see a big black wing-looking thing flying towards you at 20 times the speed of sound? You may want to look out… and maybe tell DARPA where it is.