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Topic: Hypersonic Glider: Is it April already?
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 11, 2011 11:41AM)
This smacks of hoax to me.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-hypersonic-glider-launched-145048349.html
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 11, 2011 11:47AM)
Totally believable to me. Don't forget the signature double sonic boom from the late, great space shuttle. When it re-entered the atmosphere to come in for a landing, it did not use any power... which means for most of the landing, the shuttle was, essentially, a supersonic glider.
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 11, 2011 11:51AM)
If the artists rendition is an accurate portrayal of what it looks like though, it's a little fishy. That just doesn't look maneuverable to me. Of course, I'm neither a physicist nor an engineer so I could be wrong. Just 'feels' weird. I know, not a very scientific basis.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Aug 11, 2011 11:55AM)
I've worked on a few DARPA projects, and written proposals for several more.

This sounds like the sort of thing they'd do.
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 11, 2011 11:58AM)
We shall see. But if it does turn out to be a hoax then somebody owes me a burger...
Message: Posted by: Pakar Ilusi (Aug 11, 2011 12:07PM)
Why wait?

:hamburger:
Message: Posted by: Marlin1894 (Aug 11, 2011 12:26PM)
Annnnnd it's gone.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_HYPERSONIC_GLIDER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-08-11-12-46-49
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Aug 12, 2011 04:39AM)
Somebody up there is eating our hypersonic gliders!
Message: Posted by: critter (Aug 12, 2011 08:18AM)
It does look like a Dorito...
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Aug 12, 2011 09:59AM)
Odd. Something large, thin, and cheesy landed in my back yard last night. This would explain all the black helicopters that arrived shortly afterwards.