After a four-second fall of the rocket engine is well earned, RIA announcements. But then flying apparatus failed in the necessary time to separate from the rocket and fell into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off California.
Recall that the first test flight X-51 was held successfully in 2010. Tests of a new "global shock guns" have begun planned back in 2008 during the administration of George W. Bush. Rocket is made of a nickel alloy and has standard dimensions missiles "air-to-ground."
Four-meter X-51 is expected to be able to develop speed 6,4 thousand kilometers per hour, which is 6.5 times the speed of sound and at eight times the speed of ordinary cruise missile. In case of success programs from the Pentagon put their trust to get tool, allows you to put a very frisky — for a maximum of 60 minutes — surgical strikes in at least some part of the world on a global scale.
According to the views of the U.S. military, it is necessary for a successful fight against terrorism. Apparatus was developed by Boeing. "X-51 may be the perfect tool for remote regions of the world, where the United States should be applied frisky strikes," — said the Chief Scientist Mark Lewis, the U.S. Air Force. Price development totaled 240 million dollars. According to Lewis, after the tests will need to have about eight years before the new girl rocket entered service.