DAPRA have lost their new toy, the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), over the Pacific yesterday.
While the press have been touting this variously as a hypersonic cruise missile technology testbed or a test device for a transport that can get anywhere in the world in under an hour (possibly a one way special forces deployment system). However I think it would make a fine reconnaissance or spy plane even in its unmanned form.
If it is some form spy plane drone, does this mean that AURORA does not exist? If AURORA does exist, Falcon would seem to be a very expensive disinformation program in order to 'prove' the hypersonic AURORA does not exist (especially given this crash). Or is it going to be AURORA's unmanned replacement?
Or am I just spouting a load of conspiracy theory horse manure?