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U2 tops 1,000mph?

Oct. 7: NASA809 out of PMD on an 8-hour mission/flight sudden accelerated to 1083 mph about midpoint in the mission, around 1400 hours. I’d sure like to hear the official explanation on that one! The detailed click-to-open flight graph does not reflect the speed increase, but the picture graph does.
Any ideas? I don’t see how she wouldn’t break up at that speed.

Looks like a single bad datapoint to me. Look at 20:52:56 UTC. Might be on the edge of radar coverage given that we didn’t get any further data for a couple of minutes after that.