Army-Navy team launches rockets to test hypersonic weapons
(Worthy News) – Researchers on Wednesday launched a salvo of rockets from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia as part of the Pentagon‘s push to develop advanced hypersonic technologies. The test flight of three sounding rockets — used to take measurements — came less than a week after reports that China may have tested its own nuclear-capable hypersonic missile.
The tests will be used in the development of hypersonic missiles for the Navy and the Army. The Navy‘s platform is called the Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) program, while the Army’s is the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW,) Pentagon officials said.
Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, Johns Hopkins University, and several defense contractors conducted the tests. Sounding rockets fill a critical gap between ground testing and full-system flight testing. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]