This news begs the question: Was there off-world intervention to stop this missile? There is a plethora of reports describing “non-military” craft monitoring and/or interfering with nuclear installations. More recently, reports of on-going electrical problems at the NSA’s super-computer surveillance facility in Utah. Call it angelic intervention, if you prefer. What say you? -LW
- Rocket carrying an experimental Army strike weapon exploded early Monday after taking off from a launch pad in Alaska
- Kodiak photographer Scott Wight watched the launch from Cape Greville in Chiniak
- Weapon able to travel at speeds of up to 3,500mph and strike anywhere on Earth in hours
A top-secret weapon being developed by the US military was destroyed four seconds after its launch from a test range in Alaska early on Monday after controllers detected a problem with the system, the Pentagon said.
The Advanced Hypersonic Weapon is part of a program to create a missile that will destroy targets anywhere on Earth within hours – traveling at speeds in excess of 3,500 miles-an-hour or Mach 5.
The mission was aborted to ensure public safety, and no one was injured in the incident, which occurred shortly after 4 am EDT at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, said Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department.
‘We had to terminate,’ Schumann said. ‘The weapon exploded during takeoff and fell back down in the range complex,’ she added.
The incident caused an undetermined amount of damage to the launch facility 25 miles from the city of Kodiak, Schumann said.