A military weapons flight test on Kodiak Island Sunday night was abruptly terminated after program officials discovered an anomaly.
According to U.S. Department of Defense representative Maureen Schumann, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, as part of the Defense Department's Conventional Prompt Global Strike technology development program, was conducting a flight test for the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon at the Kodiak Launch Complex when the team was forced to blow up the weapon shortly after take off at midnight.
"This was the second flight test of one of the concepts that is being explored under the CPGS program," said Schumann. "The first flight test was conducted November 17th of 2011 from Hawaii, that was a successful test. This flight test, we do numerous ground testing, modeling and simulation systems and engineering, but this was the second flight test and it was designed to gather data on hypersonic glide vehicle performance."
The decision was made after an anomaly was discovered and to ensure public safety in the area.
The program was designed to provide the president of the U.S. with a wide range of options to "engage time sensitive or heavily defended targets at extended ranges in less than 1 hour", according to Schumann.
"The objective of the program is to develop and demonstrate promising CPGS technologies for possible land and sea based capabilities," Schumann said. "So basically anywhere in the globe in under 1 hour."
Program officials will continue to investigate the specific cause of the test's termination, something Schumann says could take awhile.
"I suspect it's going to be weeks if not months, versus days," Schumann said.