An artist's illustration of DARPA's Hypersonic Test Vehicle-2 flying at speeds of Mach 20.
The Falcon hypersonic HTV-2 aircraft emerges from its payload fairing before gliding back to Earth.
The Falcon hypersonic HTV-2 is an unmanned, rocket-launched, maneuverable aircraft that glides through the Earth’s atmosphere at incredibly fast speeds.
The DARPA Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV)-2 is a prototype that launches on a rocket, reaches suborbital space and then re-enters Earth's atmosphere at speeds of about Mach 20. The vehicle is part of DARPA's Global Strike test program to check technologies for a global bomber.
This diagram details the sequence of events of the hypersonic Falcon HTV-2 flight.
Team Vandenberg launched a Minotaur 4 from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 7:45 a.m. Aug. 11, 2011.
This DARPA series of images shows the progression of the HTV-2 hypersonic aircraft from computer modeling (left) to wind tunnel tests to a final design for testing. The Falcon HTV-2 vehicle is designed to fly up to Mach 20 in a test for DARPA's global strike program.
A Minotaur 4 rocket stands beside Space Launch Complex-8 here Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. The Minotaur 4 will carry DARPA's hypersonic HTV-2 aircraft scheduled to launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base in August 2011.
A Minotaur 4 rocket sits on its launch pedestal here Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011. The Minotaur 4 will carry DARPA's hypersonic HTV-2 aircraft scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in August 2011.
Members from the 30th Launch Group, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, Orbital Sciences Corporation, Space Port Systems International, Space Development and Test Directorate, Space and Missile Center and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency pose in front of a Minotaur 4 rocket at Space Launch Complex-8. The Minotaur 4 will carry DARPA's hypersonic HTV-2 aircraft scheduled to launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base in August 2011.