Loss of contact with hypersonic glider investigated

04/27/2010 | AviationWeek.com

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and Lockheed Martin say they have launched an investigation into what caused the loss of contact with the first HTV-2 test vehicle about nine minutes into its mission. The mission, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on April 22, was designed to demonstrate the umanned HTV-2's technology for high-performance, long-endurance hypersonic flight, but telemetry signals from the hypersonic glider were believed to be lost somewhere between reentry into the atmosphere and starting its hypersonic glide.

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