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Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave

 
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Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave
It turns out that tearing through the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound is bad for the skin, even if you're a super high-tech aircraft developed by the government's best engineers at its far-out research agency.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to suddenly lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.

After an eight-month investigation, DARPA concluded that even though the HTV-2 was expected to lose some of its skin mid-flight, "larger than anticipated portions of the vehicle's skin peeled from the aerostructure," the agency said in a statement Friday.

The agency said it expected the HTV-2, which goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes, to experience "impulsive shock waves" at such speeds, but
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Re: Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave
Ew, I hope that was a drone, because you know what I'm imagining.
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goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes

Can u imagine that??
Owuld prolly cost 10k to do so though lol
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Re: Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave
Ew, I hope that was a drone, because you know what I'm imagining.
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Ew, I hope that was a drone, because you know what I'm imagining.
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ah, "unmanned." good.
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Re: Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave
goes so fast it can make the commute from New York to Los Angeles in 12 minutes

Can u imagine that??
Owuld prolly cost 10k to do so though lol
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yes but the side effect of being dead (possibly through being peeled like an onion?) is off-putting.
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Re: Cause of hypersonic plane crash revealed-Flying at 20 times the speed of sound proved too much for the top-secret aircraft. 'Impulsive shock wave
I told them they should have used gorilla glue and some good duct tape...but they just wouldnt listen chuckle
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I told them they should have used gorilla glue and some good duct tape...but they just wouldnt listen chuckle
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lol, I agree as gorilla glue and duct tape hold anything together.

But seriously speaking, This was top secret so can u imagine what other type aircraft they have that is being tested esp if they released this one and its info.
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I told them they should have used gorilla glue and some good duct tape...but they just wouldnt listen chuckle
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lol, I agree as gorilla glue and duct tape hold anything together.

But seriously speaking, This was top secret so can u imagine what other type aircraft they have that is being tested esp if they released this one and its info.
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At that speed even suspended dust in the air is super abrasive

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