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hypervelocity

(ˌhaɪpəvəˈlɒsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
(General Physics) an extremely high velocity
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Noun1.hypervelocity - excessive velocity; "the meteorites struck the earth with hypervelocity impacts"
speed, velocity - distance travelled per unit time
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Though geared initially to provide sophisticated trajectory simulations for aerospace vehicles, OTIS4, a free program, can analyze a wide variety of vehicles, including aircraft, missiles, reentry vehicles, hypervelocity vehicles, satellites, and interplanetary vehicles.
1) Official, published papers outline long-term visions for space weapons, including direct-ascent antisatellite (ASAT) missiles, ground-based lasers that target satellites in low Earth orbit, and hypervelocity rod bundles that strike from space.
Dramatic hypervelocity interceptions of satellites by China in January 2007 and the United States in February 2008 demonstrate the advanced state of technology related to missile defense.
Explosion, shock wave and hypervelocity phenomena in materials; proceedings.
First, an active protection system will be primarily effective against shaped-charge warheads, at least in the near term; a system that effectively intercepts incoming hypervelocity kinetic energy rounds is a challenge requiring considerably more demanding specifications than the existing prototypes that have successfully defeated shaped-charge projectiles.
According to some reports, MBDA's VT-1 hypervelocity missile for the Crotale NG air-defense system employed some technologies implemented on the Russian Tor air-defense system.
These "Chernobyls in the sky" were purchased from Russia for placement on orbiting battle platforms to provide power for hypervelocity guns, particle beams and laser weapons of the Strategic Defense Initiative, renamed Ballistic Missile Defense by the Clinton Administration and continued at a budget of more than $3 billion a year (an amount Newt Gingrich pledges to increase as part of the Contract With America).
Understanding the physics of hypervelocity impacts is the focus of another project at Sandia.
For interception and destruction, two types of weapons are being considered, according to Yonas: beam weapons (directed-energy weapons) and hypervelocity projectiles.