By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
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Pentagon scientists pledged to press on with work on a $308 million futuristic unmanned spaceplane despite the failure Thursday of a second test flight when they lost contact with the vehicle during maneuvers.
Pentagon scientists say they have discovered what went wrong with last year's test flight of an experimental unmanned space plane, which self-destructed after the autopilot lost control.
Defense Department scientists are set to conduct a second test launch next year of the Falcon HTV-2 experimental superweapon after the first flight this year ended when the autopilot deliberately crashed the unmanned glider into the ocean as a safety measure.
In the language of Beltway defense wonkery, the results of this year's test launch of the hypersonic unmanned U.S. aircraft designated Falcon HTV-2 might be called sub-optimal.
Mr. Lewis said that the program had been funded for two test flights only, and that scientists were hoping the Air Force would keep the program going.
"Obviously, the best outcome would have been for the vehicle to have completed the flight successfully, at the target," he said. "This has got to be a disappointment."