Booster Rocket Failure Cuts U.S. Hypersonic Test Short


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On October 21, a U.S. Department of Defense hypersonic vehicle test failed after the system’s booster malfunctioned shortly after launch. According to a Pentagon statement, the hypersonic system being tested was not associated with the Army/Navy-developed Common Hypersonic Glide Body weapon currently under development. The flight test attempt reportedly took place in Alaska, but officials gave no further details on the system being tested.

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Masao Dahlgren, "Booster Rocket Failure Cuts U.S. Hypersonic Test Short," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, November 2, 2021, last modified November 2, 2021, https://missilethreat.csis.org/booster-rocket-failure-cuts-u-s-hypersonic-test-short/.