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(US Air Force)   So we're finally getting good use out of all of that alien technology from Roswell   ( af.mil) divider line
    More: Cool, Air Force Research Laboratory, Roswell, hypersonic flight, solid rocket booster, scramjets, Air Force Base, hydrogen fuel, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base  
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2013-05-04 10:59:57 PM  
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serial_crusher: traveledmore than 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes

Wait, why would a plane fly in nautical miles?  Some sort of underwater plane to complement our armada of flying boats?

Because perhaps maybe a nautical mile is one minute of arc on a great circle on the Earth, and it simplifies celestial style navigation?
2013-05-05 09:41:40 AM  
1 vote:
all that Free Socialist tax money does come in handy.
2013-05-05 07:42:31 AM  
1 vote:

PartTimeBuddha: What is this for?

making a nuclear type explosion in a far away place without ballistic missles, or actual nukes.
2013-05-05 03:02:05 AM  
1 vote:

toetag: 230 nautical miles in 6 minutes = mach 5?

that time takes into account acceleration
2013-05-05 12:21:01 AM  
1 vote:
Can't believe no Speed Racer references.
2013-05-04 11:52:05 PM  
1 vote:

J. Frank Parnell: To elaborate, the general logic is that anything they reveal to the public and explain is something they're also revealing and explaining to the 'enemy', who can then copy it. So they only do it with technology they have no fear of anyone else using, because they've surpassed it so much.

Well, not exactly... This is not a finished system, or even prototype. This is a technology demonstrator and research mission. All they've revealed here is that they've validated some of the basic theory about hypersonic flight. Now the vehicles they create based off of this research - that's another story. Those will probably be classified and kept secret for a while.
2013-05-04 08:49:49 PM  
1 vote:

AliceBToklasLives: Cool.  Now time to design one that doesn't smash into the ocean.

fta the vehicle continued to send back telemetry data until it splashed down into the ocean

They said it "splashed down". That sounds so peaceful and survivable. I agree with you. Anything hitting the water at 3,800mph has "smashed" into it.
2013-05-04 07:59:56 PM  
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2013-05-04 07:30:15 PM  
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fusillade762: eyeq360: Silly Subby, everyone knows that we got anti-gravity technology from the alien spaceship crash in Roswell and thanks to the treaty made in 1952 between President Eisenhower and the Grays, they give us technology in exchange for humans to do convert into food and for genetic experiments.
That's just a puny little scramjet.  The Aurora had that back in the early 1990s.

"Bushwah! Now what's your mission? Are you planning to make some kind of alien-human hybrid?"

"Are you coming onto me?"

I'm not hearing a no...
2013-05-04 07:24:00 PM  
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J. Frank Parnell: Awful nice of them to do all their testing in full view of the public.

It's been said before they only reveal obsolete tech this way

You try testing a mach 5 jet in an underground bunker and let us know how that goes.
2013-05-04 07:05:23 PM  
1 vote:
Awful nice of them to do all their testing in full view of the public.

It's been said before they only reveal obsolete tech this way
2013-05-04 06:56:12 PM  
1 vote:
FTA: The cruiser traveled more than 230 nautical miles in just over six minutes

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