Former President Bill Clinton adds his support to the 100-Year Starship initiative, a project started by DARPA the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to research interstellar travel. The massive craft, from Project Daedalus, needed to escape our solar system next to St Pauls cathedral. Image credit: Adrian Mann/British Interplanetary Society
A flight test of the the X-51A Waverider scramjet experimental aircraft, ended abruptly as a faulty control fin caused the craft to be lost over the Pacific. Artists concept of the X-51A Waverider. Credit: US Air Force
DARPA awarded US$500,000 funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to form 100 Year Starship (100YSS). The goal is to ensure that the capability for human interstellar travel exists within the next 100 years. Image credit: Wikimedia
DARPA’s Falcon HTV-2 unmanned aircraft has been launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, as part of a critical test flight at hypersonic speeds. The experimental aircraft is fast enough to travel from New York to Los Angeles in just 12 minutes.
update: The U.S. military said it launched the Falcon HTV-2, which reached speeds of 13,000 mph, but lost control after about nine minutes of flight and, they believe, crashed in the Pacific Ocean. Last year, the first Falcon vanished over the Pacific Ocean, leaving absolutely no trace.