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US Military Blows Up Hypersonic Weapon After Failed Test Launch

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The Missile Defense Agency's Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 22, 2014. (Getty Images)

The Missile Defense Agency’s Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., June 22, 2014. (Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – The Army ordered a prototype weapon that can reportedly travel at five times the speed of sound to self-destruct shortly after it launched, reports Space.com.

Called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon, it blasted off from Alaska’s Kodiak Launch Complex just after 4 a.m. EST on Monday. Flight engineers ordered it to explode when they detected something wrong during the test flight.

“The flight was terminated in the first four seconds,” Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told Space.com. She added that the military has ordered an investigation into the failed test.

Monday’s test was part of the Pentagon’s Conventional Prompt Global Strike program, which is developing several weapons programs.

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