US Military Able to Deliver a Bomb Anywhere in Less Than an Hour
DARPA has announced the second test flight of the Falcon HTV-2 aircraft. This unmanned aircraft is designed to fly at speeds up to 13,000 mph (at least that’s what they’re admitting to) and is the result of a project started in 2003 for the US military to be able to reach anywhere in the world in less than an hour.
The Falcon is launched on the back of a rocket and its carbon composite skin is designed to withstand the heat generated by flying in the upper atmosphere at speeds more than 20 times higher than the speed of sound — four miles per second.
With this spur yet another mis-use of technology as we decided to get rid of our ground bases around the world in favor of having a few fast, stealthy aircraft which can deliver a payload instead of having boots on the ground?
Over the last decade we’ve been experiencing the result of relying on intercepted satellite communications over having infiltrated potential enemy organizations. It’s great to have the ability to put hardware in harm’s way instead of our soldiers, but there’s nothing like the ability of a human to make sure we’re ready, and to make sure we’ve got the right target.
- DARPA’s Falcon HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft launches today, does New York to LA in 12 minutes (engadget.com)
- Aircraft to Go From 0 to 13,000 Mph in Test Launch (foxnews.com)
- US military to launch fastest-ever plane (guardian.co.uk)
- Fastest Plane In the World Will Be Tested Today [Video] (gizmodo.com)