Video: Things that Go Boom — Army Tests Hypersonic Weapon

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At shows like SC11 you see amazing computational tools, but flick on this video to see the science fiction they’re making possible. This week the DoD tested a hypersonic, long-range weapon system, which blasted off from the Pentagon’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, early Thursday. In less than half an hour, it reached its destination approximately 2,500 miles away at Kwajalein Atoll.

The objective of the test [today was] to collect data on hypersonic boost-glide technologies and test range performance for long-range atmospheric flight,” the Department of Defense said in a statement. “Mission emphasis is aerodynamics; navigation, guidance, and control; and thermal protection technologies.”

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