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U.S. Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon fails after rocket explodes

Second test of the U.S. Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed after liftoff, with officials triggering self-destruct mechanism seconds into the test
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Aug 26, 2014 12:30 am

The U.S. Army Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was test launched from the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, but something went wrong and officials triggered a self-destruct sequence. It's unknown what kind of problem the aircraft had, but was destroyed just four seconds after launching, according to military officials.

 

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Developed as part of the U.S. military's Conventional Prompt Global Strike program, the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was created by the Sandia National Laboratory. A successful test in November 2011 saw the craft fly from Hawaii to the Marshall Islands, as the U.S. Army saw the unique glide vehicle pass through a successful series of ground testing and simulations.

 

"Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety," according to a release from the U.S. Department of Defense. Officials have launched an "extensive" investigation to determine what went wrong during the second launch.

 

The Pentagon wants next-generation technology able to attack any place on Earth within 30 minutes, trying to create high-speed strikes that can use conventional warheads.

NEWS SOURCES:Militarytimes.com, Breakingdefense.com

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