US military launches 3 suborbital rockets in test of hypersonic technologies

× US military launches 3 suborbital rockets in test of hypersonic technologies In the first test of its kind, a series of U.S. military space rockets blasted off from a Florida site on Monday,…

US military launches 3 suborbital rockets in test of hypersonic technologies

× US military launches 3 suborbital rockets in test of hypersonic technologies

In the first test of its kind, a series of U.S. military space rockets blasted off from a Florida site on Monday, carrying a pair of research satellites as part of an attempt to develop a hypersonic transportation system that could one day fly humans from land to space in two hours.

The maiden launch of the Military Space Launch Initiative (MSLO) rocket’s test vehicle, which is the first of four that will continue to launch until 2015, took place from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, reported Fox News.

“Most of us can’t imagine a world where we can fly from Las Vegas to New York in three hours,” said Colorado state Sen. Jack Tate, a Republican who helped sponsor a bill to provide funding for this effort. “People have talked about this before, and they’ve talked about it in terms of cutting-edge military technology. Well, this morning’s test is to prove that, but we also want to show that something that is going to be so advanced and so cool can be a real domestic innovation.”

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