DARPA releases video of HTV-2 second test flight
The first - and perhaps only - video footage of the ill-fated second test-flight of DARPA's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) has been released. Shot with a handheld camera by a crewmember aboard the Pacific Tracker, the first monitoring vessel able to visually track the HTV's initial entry into the atmosphere, the video shows the HTV-2 hurtling across the sky on August 11 at Mach 20 before its "controlled descent" into the Pacific Ocean.
While it would have been nice if DARPA had shelled out a couple of thou on a decent zoom lens or let some photographers tag along on the monitoring vessel, DARPA Director, Regina Dugan says the video, "gives us a visceral feel for what it means to fly at Mach 20."
DARPA released the handheld video alongside a video showing a speed comparison between the HTV-2, a C-5 and an F-18. No surprises for guessing that the HTV-2 leaves the other aircraft in its wake.
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I thinknostarme is confusing G force with Mach numbers. Very different things.
They could\'ve borrowed all the gear NASA bought for monitoring Shuttle launches after the Columbia disaster.
Actually, it looked pretty authentic to me. What struck you as a forged video? Do you watch a lot of experimental hyper-sonic test footage on a daily basis?