Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Now on Video - That Hovering MKV

Now on Video - That Hovering MKV: "

Remember the little target drone, sorry droid,'that zapped a'blindfolded Luke Skywalker during lightsaber training? Well here's the real thing. The US Missile Defense Agency has released video of the Dec. 2 hover test of Lockheed Martin's Multiple Kill Vehicle (MKV-L). You can read Amy Butler's post on the test here. A hover test like this allows the vehicle to operate as it would outside the atmosphere.

Video: MDA

In the 20-sec. free-flight test'in the National Hover Test Facility at Edwards AFB, Calif., the MKV-L used its propulsion system to hover while it acquired and tracked a simulated target. Lockheed's MKV-L design has a seeker-equipped carrier vehicle that dispenses and guides a small kill vehicle (see it strapped around'its body).


(Via Ares.)

Fighter jet crashes into neighborhood killing 3

Fighter jet crashes into neighborhood killing 3: "At least two people were killed today when a military fighter jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California. Two other people are missing. The pilot ejected before the crash and is hospitalized. The F/A-18 jet was trying to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar when it went down.


(Via CNN.com.)


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