A test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed Monday in the US


No one was injured in the incident but because “the weapon exploded during takeoff and fell back down in the range complex” the launch facility at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska was damaged, as said Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department. The program is considered an important mission and it’s expected to be continued after this failure. This time a fault was detected in the computers. A similar research is developed in China, which tested a hypersonic system in January. The new American weapon was developed by Sandia National Laboratory and the U.S. Army and is based on a solid-propellant booster system known as STARS. On Monday test, the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon was supposed to fly from Alaska to the Kwajalein Atoll.


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