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Monday, February 09, 2015

Launch vehicle support equipment causes test failure

X-51A WaveriderA Failure Review Board has completed its investigation of the failed launch of the Aug. 25 Army's Advanced Hypersonic Weapon Flight Test-2.

The FRB determined an external thermal protective cover designed to regulate motor temperature interfered with the launch vehicle steering assembly, resulting in termination of the launch shortly after liftoff at the Kodiak Launch Complex.

The payload under test, a hypersonic glide body in test configuration, was destroyed before being deployed for flight. The FRB found no issues with the hypersonic glide body, booster motors or the Kodiak Launch Complex.

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