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Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 03:37:46 PM »
I have been following this story. I am glad you posted. What do you think it has been doing for a year?


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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 04:37:54 PM »
I have been following this story. I am glad you posted. What do you think it has been doing for a year?

waiting for someone to figure out how to get it down in one piece

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013, 04:45:10 PM »
waiting for someone to figure out how to get it down in one piece
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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2013, 04:56:03 PM »
I have been following this story. I am glad you posted. What do you think it has been doing for a year?

Outstanding surveillance platform.  It's been up for a year but we don't know what kind of orbital maneuvers they have been developing with it.  I suspect it is nimble enough to be overhead any trouble spot on the planet within a couple of orbits, and we don't know the apogee or perigee change capabilities it has.  I'm pretty sure the only reason they would need to de-orbit would be to replenish consumables.

I can think of a whole bunch of interesting things to do with a vehicle like this one in orbit for a year. 


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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2013, 05:51:08 PM »
Outstanding surveillance platform.  It's been up for a year but we don't know what kind of orbital maneuvers they have been developing with it.  I suspect it is nimble enough to be overhead any trouble spot on the planet within a couple of orbits, and we don't know the apogee or perigee change capabilities it has.  I'm pretty sure the only reason they would need to de-orbit would be to replenish consumables.

I can think of a whole bunch of interesting things to do with a vehicle like this one in orbit for a year.

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In 2011, Boeing announced plans for a scaled-up variant of the X-37B, referring to the spacecraft as the X-37C. The X-37C is between 165% and 180% larger than the X-37B, allowing it to transport up to six astronauts inside a pressurized compartment housed in the cargo bay. Its proposed launch vehicle is the Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle
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They have successfully landed the X-37 on several occasions. A second X-37 was launched in March 2011, with the mission designation USA-226; it returned to Earth on 16 June 2012. A third X-37 mission, USA-240, launched successfully in December 2012 The landing spot is at Vandenberg AFB where several years ago they built a runway for the X-37
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« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2013, 05:59:30 PM »
Three landing sites. Vandenberg AFB,Edwards AFB and Cape Kennedy. Vandenberg AFB does have a landing runway that it built for the plane.

http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123304066

Edwards AFB is used as an alternate site

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« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2013, 06:43:21 PM »
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In 2011, Boeing announced plans for a scaled-up variant of the X-37B, referring to the spacecraft as the X-37C. The X-37C is between 165% and 180% larger than the X-37B, allowing it to transport up to six astronauts inside a pressurized compartment housed in the cargo bay. Its proposed launch vehicle is the Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle

That's exactly the kind of capabilities we need to be developing too...


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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2013, 08:26:24 PM »
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2013, 09:18:31 PM »
They have successfully landed the X-37 on several occasions. A second X-37 was launched in March 2011, with the mission designation USA-226; it returned to Earth on 16 June 2012. A third X-37 mission, USA-240, launched successfully in December 2012 The landing spot is at Vandenberg AFB where several years ago they built a runway for the X-37

Yes, it's this one that is stranded

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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2013, 09:45:36 PM »
Yes, it's this one that is stranded

Where is the article does it say its stranded? I want you to point it out in the article.It just says where they are planning to land the plane.
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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2013, 10:39:01 PM »
Where is the article does it say its stranded? I want you to point it out in the article.It just says where they are planning to land the plane.

I'd show you but then I would have to kill you

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« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2013, 10:42:20 PM »
I'd show you but then I would have to kill you

Because it does not exist

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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2013, 07:22:15 AM »
yes, that is safer

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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2013, 06:36:21 PM »
yes, that is safer

You still did not answer

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« Reply #18 on: December 08, 2013, 07:14:25 PM »
what was the question again?

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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2013, 12:19:29 PM »
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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2013, 08:01:27 PM »
Calm down folks; there aren't any trolls on this thread.

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Calm down folks; there aren't any trolls on this thread.

OK.
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Re: Air Force's mysterious space plane nears 1 year In orbit
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