An artist’s impression of the Falcon HTV-2 plane (pic: DARPA)

Sky News has a really interesting article about why the world’s fastest plane crashed. Its mind-boggling to image a day that people can manage to make a reliable version of aircraft that can travel anywhere on the planet in an hour.

Extensive analysis has been carried out since the test flight of the US military’s $320m (£199m) unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle HTV-2 last August.

The Pentagon hopes the vehicle will eventually be developed to allow it to carry bombs to strike targets anywhere across the globe within an hour.

The result of these findings is a profound advancement in understanding the areas we need to focus on to advance aerothermal structures for future hypersonic vehicles.

Air Force Major Chris Schulz

And in releasing the results of its analysis, the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) indicated the test was…

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