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The X-51A Waverider scramjet test scheduled for yesterday has been delayed for 24 hours by a freighter wandering into the Pacific firing range where the trial flight is to take place. According to a statement issued by US spokesmen at Edwards airforce base - where the X-51's launch aircraft, a modified B-52 bomber operated by …

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Terminator

Ouch

Least they didn't launch and hit it. The boat's crew would never have known what hit them!

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Sailors, eh?

Probably didn't realise where they were and just thought they were orbiting the Isle of Sheppey.

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Black Helicopters

Wonder if...

..that errant ship had more aerials than most and wasn't there by mistake?

/black helicopters for the obvious reasons

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Was the ship

a Russian "fishing trawler". The type with loads of sophisticated snooping gear in its hull instead of fish?

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Black Helicopters

Probably an innocent Russian Freighter

packed to the gills with electronic surveillance equipment.

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Joke

Bad taste joke alert

Now if this had been the North Koreans running the test...

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Joke

Re: Bad taste joke alert

[Converting to a good taste joke]

...the X-51 would officially, instead of ditching, fly onwards and upwards into orbit to forever play revolutionary anthems composed by the Dear Leader.

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Silver badge

At least they bother checking now

They did manage to learn from what happened to the Lucky Dragon

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Black Helicopters

Sure, unprofessional... no, professional ex-KGB more like it.

Wasn't there already a failed test flight of one of these? They successfully launched and got like <5 seconds of telemetry before it fell apart.

More than likely it was a case of Russian captain saying, "Da, Chinese contact told to park here and collect pieces."

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Boffin

Time for something else then

If they are keeping an eye out for surface shipping, then the Powers that Be must get cracking to deploy a submerible in that area quickly if they are to recover the "lost" testbed and develop the next generation equipment themselves...

Though I notice that this article comes out at about the time of the rescheduled test. Hmmm.

That's what I get for relying on El Reg for my top-secret intelligence. Zut!

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