HYPERSONIC FLIGHTS GADGETS CONSUME USA’S BUSINESS SECTION
In gadgets watch: The unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider is expected to fly above the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu at Mach 6 for 300 seconds Tuesday.
LA Times: In Mojave Desert, a team of aerospace engineers has been putting the finishing touches on a lightning-quick experimental aircraft designed to fly above the Pacific Ocean at 3,600 mph. A passenger aircraft traveling at that speed could fly from Los Angeles to New York in 46 minutes.
On Tuesday a key test is set for the unmanned experimental aircraft X-51A WaveRider. It will take the aircraft to about 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu. From there, its high-speed journey at Mach 6 is expected to last only 300 seconds, but that’s twice as long as it’s ever gone at that speed.
The Pentagon itself is funding six major hypersonic technology programs. Over the last 10 years, the Pentagon said it spent as much as $2 billion on hypersonic technologies and supporting engineering.
The WaveRider program is estimated to cost $140 million, according to Globalsecurity.org, a website for military policy research.
For more about marine surveillance mechanisms America has become obsessed with testing in the Pacific, watch video animation at LA Times.
[Of course in reality, with drought being a key factor that USA should plan for, and given the fact that global warming due to industrial pollution and war's destructive and selfish effects on the planet in the world is a matter we shouldn't be seen to be overtly encouraging - we all need to be looking at ways to reduce weapon's destruction in the world to the earth.
We can't afford to be destroying the planet any more than we have. Food for thought too - with the fantasy rhetoric involved of weapons makers manufacturing, spend and sales.
It is a game for billionaires profits and as a story of news, has little to no relevance for most people in the USA at this time].
Incidentally, the video appears in the LA Times business section. It’s like, why not just list new jobs for Americans in the same section instead?! Really!
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Absolutely love the geek factor of the story though. Clever.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 14.8.12~