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Secret US Air Force unmanned space plane set for launch
debka ^ | 4/20/2010 | DEBKAfile

Posted on 04/21/2010 8:23:46 PM PDT by rxsid

"Secret US Air Force unmanned space plane set for launch

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The 4.9-ton spacecraft - which has a wingspan of 4.27 meters and is 8.84 meters long - will be testing the long-duration ability of reusable space vehicles to stay in space for up to 270 days at an altitude of 200-800 km from earth before making an automatic landing at the Vandenberg Air force Base in California.

The duration and exact nature of the Orbital Test Vehicle's mission have not been disclosed by the US Air Force Capabilities Office which oversees the project. Some space experts are calling its launch the onset of the "weaponization" or militarization" of space. Our military experts describe the X-37B as the first unmanned space craft able to carry out combat missions outside Earth.

The X-37B will be launched Thursday by an Atlas-5 rocket. Originally built by Boeing's Phantom Works Division as NASA X-37, the space agency closed it down when funding ran out and turned the space plane over to the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In 2006, the Air Force took over the prototype."

More here:
http://www.debka.com/article/8730/

(Excerpt) Read more at debka.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: darpa; nasa; space; x37b

1 posted on 04/21/2010 8:23:46 PM PDT by rxsid
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To: rxsid

SHSSSSSSSSSSSS it was to be secrete


2 posted on 04/21/2010 8:24:46 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: rxsid

3 posted on 04/21/2010 8:27:43 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: rxsid
I hope this thing does a thorough inventory of certain satelites up there.
4 posted on 04/21/2010 8:29:12 PM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: rxsid

* Crew: None
* Length: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
* Wingspan: 15 ft (4.6 m)
* Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.9 m)
* Loaded weight: 11,000 lb (5,000 kg)
* Powerplant: 1× Rocketdyne AR2-3, 6,596 lbf (29.341 kN)


5 posted on 04/21/2010 8:29:17 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TSgt

Good stuff! Hopefully we haven’t “outsourced” any of the building of it.


6 posted on 04/21/2010 8:34:41 PM PDT by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: rxsid

Now wait just a minute. I distinctly remember that Steve Austin was flying one of those right before he was made into the bionic man.


7 posted on 04/21/2010 8:36:38 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: al baby

LOL!

Yeah, secret. I keep hearing all over about how super secret it is. I guess our media is leaving the writing duties over to the Iranian press.

Here’s a bit on it, with some real-world links:
http://warsporks.blogspot.com/2010/04/x-37b-so-secret-it-aint.html


8 posted on 04/21/2010 8:38:42 PM PDT by saundby
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To: Nachum

Yeah and now Steve Austin is selling hearing aids


9 posted on 04/21/2010 8:47:54 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Nachum
:D
Here's the real six-plus-million dollar man and his craft:

Bruce Peterson and the M2-F2

10 posted on 04/21/2010 8:50:23 PM PDT by saundby
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To: TSgt

After a couple decades looking at Space Shuttle photos, you expect this thing is huge, especially because there’s no frame of reference in the photo. But at a bit over 4 tons, it isn’t much longer or taller than a Ford Excursion.


11 posted on 04/21/2010 9:02:12 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: rxsid
"The 4.9-ton spacecraft - which has a wingspan of 4.27 meters and is 8.84 meters long - will be testing the long-duration ability of reusable space vehicles to stay in space for up to 270 days at an altitude of 200-800 km from earth before making an automatic landing at the Vandenberg Air force Base in California." ... This is a weapons platform, not an exploration platform. But I'm sure NASA can be pursuaded to make a few experiements from it, to give it cover.
12 posted on 04/21/2010 9:05:12 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: saundby

Once known as ‘Dyna-Soar-a’ when I was not yet a teenager ... and I’m about to hit 65! The rolling crashes of this vehicle were featured on the Million Dollar Man opening scene.


13 posted on 04/21/2010 9:06:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: rxsid
Good stuff! Hopefully we haven’t “outsourced” any of the building of it.

Just the piloting for the aircraft to robots. They work for nothing.

14 posted on 04/21/2010 9:15:53 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: rxsid

OK blabbermouth, what is it about “secret” you don’t get?


15 posted on 04/22/2010 10:44:15 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (great thing about being a cynic: you can enjoy being proved wrong)
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To: Oztrich Boy
"OK blabbermouth, what is it about “secret” you don’t get?"

lol!

16 posted on 04/22/2010 11:02:49 AM PDT by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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To: MHGinTN

No doubt about it.


17 posted on 04/22/2010 11:05:16 AM PDT by rxsid (HOW CAN A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN'S STATUS BE "GOVERNED" BY GREAT BRITAIN? - Leo Donofrio (2009))
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