The US military’s scary hypersonic weapon exploded in a test flight yesterday

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For years, the US military has been developing an Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, a type of missile system designed to fly at hypersonic speeds (over 3,600 miles-per-hour, or five times the speed of sound) and reach any target in the world in an hour or less. But a recent test launch of the weapon didn’t go so well: as the US Defense Department acknowledged in a statement, the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon’s launch from a site in Alaska early Monday morning had to be “terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety.” In plain English: “The weapon exploded during takeoff and fell back down in the range complex,” as Defense Department spokesperson Maureen Schumann told NBC News.

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