Syndrome Will Save the Day!
Does this look familiar? I saw the coverage of the U.S. Military‘s Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) that failed (partly) on its test flight , but I didn’t make the connection until I saw the image on the left with the fairing splitting open.
It’s the Syndrome Rocket Plane! You know, the one on the Disney/Pixar animated movie, The Incredibles! No really! Compare it to the next image. Pixar animators didn’t use the lifting body design so much (it has to have wings to be an airplane right?), but it’s launched vertically as a multistage rocket, splits open, and ends up as a very fast robotic aircraft.
My question is…which came first, the cool Disney rocket plane or the top secret government DOD research project?
Or is the U.S. Military buying technology from Mr. Incredible‘s arch nemesis?
Makes one rub one’s chin and say hmmmmm.
- The Incredibles – Disneystore PVC’s (disneycollection.wordpress.com)
- US Military Video Shows Hypersonic Aircraft Test Flight (space.com)
- Video: HTV-2 in Mach-20 Flight, Just Minutes Before Autonomously Aborting its Mission By Clay Dillow (imullins89.wordpress.com)
- Agency releases video of hypersonic glider flight (sfgate.com)
- Second failed flight of DARPA HTV-2 was caught on video (geek.com)
- Agency releases video of hypersonic glider flight (seattlepi.com)
- Hypersonic Flight: 12 Minutes From Los Angeles to New York? (abcnews.go.com)
- Hypersonic plane: New York to LA in less than 12 minutes (cnn.com)
- DARPA releases video of HTV-2 second test flight (gizmag.com)
- Video of the Day: HTV-2 hypersonic glider reentering the atmosphere (dvice.com)