Image: DARPA rendering
This video shows the August 2011 test flight of HTV-2.
The Pentagon has finally released a report about what went wrong when its Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) failed just minutes into a test flight last year and barreled into the Pacific Ocean.
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said an analysis of the crash showed that high speeds peeled off larger-than-expected portions of the vehicle’s skin.
Officials anticipated some of the outer shell would gradually wear away, but rapidly-forming gaps on the skin created strong shock waves around the HTV-2 and caused it to roll abruptly, the report said.
Image: DARPA rendering This video shows the August 2011 test flight of HTV-2. The Pentagon…
by Tactical-Life.com / Apr 23, 2012