Here’s a cool (and kinda scary) government tech story: DARPA’s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is a super fast, super deadly weapon built by Lockheed Martin that is capable of reaching speeds of Mach 20. Its aim is to be able to attack anywhere on earth in under one hour, something the military calls “revolutionary.” Jeez, that’s impressive. Oh, and its weapons consist of non-nuclear missiles that remain undetected by nuclear defense systems.
On its test run, the HTV-2 did achieve speeds of Mach 20…then promptly disappeared. What happened next? Not for us regular citizens to know. Guess it’s a good thing Americans built it, right?