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Suspected US hypersonic missile test launch from Cape Canaveral scrubbed
By Andrew Jones,
The U.S. Department of Defense scrubbed a test launch of an undisclosed missile out of Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station earlier this month.
Airspace closure warnings issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated launch activity scheduled for between March 2 and March 6, generating interest and speculation in the event, Florida Today reported .
Marco Langbroek, a lecturer in optical space situational awareness at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, noted that the navigational warning drew a "forked" flight path over the north Atlantic, indicating that the mission was not a typical orbital launch activity but more likely a hypersonic missile test.
The nature of the system to be tested was not disclosed, but apparent clues emerged on Twitter. The U.S. has been stepping up efforts to develop hypersonic weapons in the wake of apparent progress by both Russia and China in this field.