Air Force’s Hypersonic Test Fails

A second version of hypersonic aircraft launched by the Air Force Tuesday spiraled out of control and was destroyed before it could reach its goal.

The Falcon Hyper Sonic Test Vehicle HTV-2

In a  repeat of similar embarrassing Pentagon tests on its Mach 20 hypersonic The Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle (HTV-2) (shown above) a second version designed only to reach Mach 6 suffered a similar fate.

The X-51A Waverider, showed in  a fake computer generated image CNN felt the need to run in the video because us stupid folk are too dumb to realize the image looks nothing like the plane attached to the B-52 bomber in the previous photo shown in the video, went spiraling out of control and was once again completely destroyed before it could reach its intended speed.

X51-A hypersonic flight vehicle

 

This failure 3 out of 4 for the X-51A Waverider and the Air Force says they don’t know if they will attempt a new record of 4 straight failures in a row by testing their fourth wave rider.

The Real X51a Wave Rider

We have to keep pumping that myth of american exceptionalism I suppose.

More from the CIA News Network:

The third test of the X-51A Waverider was launched Tuesday off the California coast from a B-52 modified bomber aircraft and was to fly for 300 seconds, reaching hypersonic speeds of Mach 6, but only flew for 16 seconds, according to the Air Force.

Officials said a problem with a tail fin caused the missile-like vehicle to fly out of control before the main engine could be ignited, leading researchers to destroy it early.

“A fault was identified with one of the cruiser control fins. Once the X-51 separated from the rocket booster, approximately 15 seconds later, the cruiser was not able to maintain control due to the faulty control fin and was lost,” said a statement issued by the Air Force.

It’s unclear what, if any, information was gleaned from the test. According to the statement, “Program officials will now begin the process of working through a rigorous evaluation to determine the exact cause of all factors at play.”

[…]“It is unfortunate that a problem with this subsystem caused a termination before we could light the Scramjet engine,” said Charlie Brink, X-51A Program Manager for Air Force Research Laboratory. “All our data showed we had created the right conditions for engine ignition and we were very hopeful to meet our test objectives.”

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