China tested hypersonic missile vehicle

Jan 16, 2014
An artist's rendering provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), on April 23, 2012 shows the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HVT-2) which failed just minutes into a test flight in 2011

China for the first time has tested a hypersonic missile vehicle designed to travel several times the speed of sound, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The test makes China the second country after the United States to conduct experimental flights with hypersonic vehicles, a technology that could allow armies to rapidly strike distant targets anywhere around the globe.

"We're aware of the test of the hypersonic vehicle but we are not commenting on it," said Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Pool, a Pentagon spokesman.

The flight was conducted on January 9 and the Chinese vehicle, dubbed the WU-14, is supposed to travel at Mach 10, or 10 times the speed of sound, according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon, an online publication.

Chinese state-run broadcaster China Radio International quoted the defense ministry information office as saying: "China's planned domestic scientific research and experiments are normal and are not aimed at any country or target."

It did not explicitly confirm or deny the test.

In its annual report on the Chinese military, the Pentagon made no mention of hypersonic test flights but did say the Chinese had built a hypersonic wind tunnel for experiments.

China's surging economic power has been matched by increasing military might, including investments in an aircraft carrier, anti-ship ballistic missiles, satellites and other hardware.

Three Republican lawmakers, including the House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon, expressed concern over the test of what they called a "Chinese hypersonic cruise missile" and said the US military was falling behind.

"While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America's technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push toward military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us," they said.

"This situation does nothing to support peaceful coexistence in the Pacific," added the statement, also signed by Representatives Randy Forbes and Mike Rogers.

The United States has placed a high priority on hypersonic projects, spending $200 million in fiscal year 2013 on three programs while conducting a number of flights with hypersonic vehicles.

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holoman
not rated yet Jan 16, 2014
As far as I can tell, no one has solved a major gps/comms problem.
Returners
2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 16, 2014
"While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America's technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push toward military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us," they said.


Part of the problem is you idiots have combined with the ultra-liberal media to produce a situation of too much transparency, and consequently you keep giving away not only ideas, but freaking diagrams, drawings, video demos, and still photos of all of the new tech.

I'd rather the other idiots on television be convinced it was aliens, than to have foreign governments reverse engineering stuff, or at least getting ideas, from our military being too transparent. Nothing is "Top Secret" for really any more, and Top Secret means fools like Edward Snowden don't belong on the job.

They spent 200 million on our own tech, but gave billions per year to the Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan. "go team" *sarcasm*.
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (4) Jan 16, 2014
"While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America's technological advantage on its back"

OK, if you can't have the world's best military with expenditure that is more than 6 times that of China (and about 40% of global military spending) - then you suck at controlling your spending and R&D. Plain and simple. Throwing even more money down that hole isn't going to change that. So whining about all these recent 'cuts' is not a valid approach.
HTK
not rated yet Jan 16, 2014
its the signs of the times.

The Chinese are inventing everything again.... even in the west.
rockwolf1000
4 / 5 (4) Jan 17, 2014
its the signs of the times.

The Chinese are inventing everything again.... even in the west.


Baloney. The chinese haven't invented anything since gunpowder centuries ago. Everything else was stolen from other people.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014

Baloney. The chinese haven't invented anything since gunpowder centuries ago.

Hint: Read the names of the authors of the stuff reported on physorg. You'll be in for quite a shock.
rockwolf1000
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 17, 2014
I realize that. My point is that the chinese made practically no contributions to classical physics then last century they began attending western universities en mass then brought back their new found knowledge to china to establish their own schools. Thus every success they have stumbled upon was made possible by advances made by others. You'll notice their lunar rover looks very similar to Mars rovers. This, after it was announced that the chinese have been hacking and stealing technological secrets from the west for years now. Last night I was looking at pictures captured by the Viking lander in 1976 and suddenly we're concerned that the chinese have put a remote control car on the moon nearly 4 decades later??? Whoopie. Who cares? China's success is almost completely attributable to the hard work of others. Their whole existence is a sham of lies, theft and deceit. Just ask Tibet. It's an embarrassment that we even have relations with these people given their track record.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2014
Here's the reality of it. If a technology is allowed to be seen, it means the actual "leading edge" is substantially farther ahead.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Jan 17, 2014
I realize that. My point is that the chinese made practically no contributions to classical physics then last century they began attending western universities en mass
My god arent you full of shit. Heres a long list for you including:

Tsung-dao Lee - 1957 Nobel laureate in Physics
Daniel Chee Tsui - 1998 Nobel prize, Physics
Yuan T. Lee, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986
Sun-Yung Alice Chang - Prominent mathematician. Professor of mathematics and chair of the department at Princeton University
Sow-Hsin Chen, nuclear physicist
Steven Chu - 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009)
Charles K. Kao - 2009 Nobel laureate in Physics who pioneered the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications
Samuel C. C. Ting - 1976 Nobel laureate, Physics
http://en.wikiped...academia
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Jan 17, 2014
My point is that the chinese made practically no contributions to classical physics

So? That's like saying "western civilization made practically no contribution to mathematics, astronomy or medicine until the middle ages until they started attending arab centers of learning". What's the point of such a statement?

Chinese scientists are pulling (more than) their fair share of scientific findings. Going to a university is just a basis - but doing science goes far beyond what you learn at university.

And one thing is for sure: they have the mentality for hard work that many westerners lack (they take going to school/uni for granted and don't really apply themselves...instead expecting that without any effort someone wil give them a high paying job....bit of a "lala-land"-attitude if you ask me)
rockwolf1000
3 / 5 (4) Jan 17, 2014

And one thing is for sure: they have the mentality for hard work that many westerners lack (they take going to school/uni for granted and don't really apply themselves...instead expecting that without any effort someone wil give them a high paying job....bit of a "lala-land"-attitude if you ask me)

It's truly amazing what you can achieve by brainwashing.
rockwolf1000
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 17, 2014
I realize that. My point is that the chinese made practically no contributions to classical physics then last century they began attending western universities en mass
My god arent you full of shit. Heres a long list for you including:

Tsung-dao Lee - 1957 Nobel laureate in Physics
Daniel Chee Tsui - 1998 Nobel prize, Physics
Yuan T. Lee, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986
Sun-Yung Alice Chang - Prominent mathematician. Professor of mathematics and chair of the department at Princeton University
Sow-Hsin Chen, nuclear physicist
Steven Chu - 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, U.S. Secretary of Energy (2009)
Charles K. Kao - 2009 Nobel laureate in Physics who pioneered the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications
Samuel C. C. Ting - 1976 Nobel laureate, Physics
http://en.wikiped...academia

Thanks for making my point. Nothing before the 50's.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jan 18, 2014
Thanks for making my point. Nothing before the 50's.
Im not sure what your point is. Are you saying Chinese people didn't have intellectual capabilities until after ww2? Because it seems like that's what you're saying. Maybe their strict diet of rice and fish heads was affecting their ability to concentrate -?

Of course it could very well be the case that chronic malnutrition and conflict caused by overpopulation WERE reasons why few had the time or the capacity for study in that religion- dominated country.

Similar conditions in Europe during the Middle Ages could explain the same thing there.
Osiris1
not rated yet Jan 19, 2014
In fact, the cold war never ended! And now the wheel is yet again poised.......to turn. I really look forward to this as this new space race that we have 'suddenly discovered' is going to revitalize southern California industry and jobs as has not been seen in decades. Nowhere else is there so much concentration of talent, resources and just sheer beauty of nature that God put in one place in this world.