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Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage... but its mission is top secret
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ ^ | April 23, 2010 | Biggirl

Posted on 04/23/2010 4:48:38 AM PDT by Biggirl

A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage. Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme. But its mission - and its cost - remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alteredtitle; boeing; military; nasa; rocket; space; spaceexploration; topsecret; x37b

1 posted on 04/23/2010 4:48:39 AM PDT by Biggirl
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2 posted on 04/23/2010 4:50:47 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Biggirl
It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme.

What does that really mean?

3 posted on 04/23/2010 4:51:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Biggirl

It has a cargo bay. From the looks of it, the bay could hold 8-10 Mark 4A re-entry vehicles.


4 posted on 04/23/2010 4:51:15 AM PDT by CholeraJoe ("And the pony looked a little bored...")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Skynet becomes aware.


5 posted on 04/23/2010 4:54:36 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Don't think of work as 5 days on, 2 days off. Instead think 4 nights on, 3 off.)
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To: Biggirl

Obama has commandeered it for a mission to search for and pick up the 12th imam.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 4:54:49 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
What does that really mean?

Just what it says - it's going to (try to) land without a pilot.

7 posted on 04/23/2010 4:54:59 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: CholeraJoe
Good news!
8 posted on 04/23/2010 4:55:05 AM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Rebelbase

If you guys could have kept this news OFF the net he’d never know eh!


9 posted on 04/23/2010 4:57:54 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: Biggirl

The aliens have made it clear they don’t want any more manned vehicles in space.


10 posted on 04/23/2010 4:58:52 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: muawiyah

Well, THANK both Matt Drudge and the UK Mail for getting the word OUT.


11 posted on 04/23/2010 4:59:19 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: Jack Hammer

Not surprising considering that they do not want to deal with Obama, SARC. LOL!


12 posted on 04/23/2010 5:00:33 AM PDT by Biggirl (I Have A New Rainbow Bridge Baby, Negritia! =^..^=)
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To: ClearCase_guy

I wondered about that, too. If it is supposed to mean that it is landed by remote control (from the ground), isn’t that what they did with the earliest unmanned rockets? Don’t tell me the first monkeys in space landed their own capsules.


13 posted on 04/23/2010 5:06:20 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: Biggirl
Don't forget the Smithsonian's Air and Space Magazine!
14 posted on 04/23/2010 5:08:42 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: jim_trent
I wondered about that, too. If it is supposed to mean that it is landed by remote control (from the ground), isn’t that what they did with the earliest unmanned rockets? Don’t tell me the first monkeys in space landed their own capsules.

Capsules were pretty much unguided once they started reentry. The X-37, like the Shuttle, will glide to a runway landing ... just without a pilot onboard.
15 posted on 04/23/2010 5:11:22 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: ClearCase_guy

I would have to believe it was a self aware machine if it was truly self-governing and independent.

If it was controlled from the ground then it would not be autonomous.


16 posted on 04/23/2010 5:12:50 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: listenhillary

I, for one, welcome our new overlord.


17 posted on 04/23/2010 5:13:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: jim_trent
I think it means landing on a runway like the shuttle without a pilot on board.
Maybe even without (much) remote control.
They have indeed used parachuted or crash landing re-entries since the 60's.
18 posted on 04/23/2010 5:16:18 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: ClearCase_guy

It’s got to be better than our current situation.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 5:17:29 AM PDT by listenhillary (Capitalism = billions raised from poverty, Socialism = billions reduced to starvation)
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To: jim_trent

It’s landing is done autonomously. Beside the command to begin re-entry, all the ‘decisions’ and control are run by the systems on board the craft.


20 posted on 04/23/2010 5:21:35 AM PDT by Sax
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To: Biggirl

Kitties, puppies and minorities hurt worst!


21 posted on 04/23/2010 5:29:27 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: Biggirl
Mail Online
22 posted on 04/23/2010 6:02:51 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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>>> Well, THANK both Matt Drudge and the UK Mail for getting the word OUT

You actually think a shuttle-clone sitting on a launch pad would escape the notice of the various spy satellites that keep tabs on US rocket sites ? If the Russians, Chinese, British, French, and Israelis know of it, Americans may as well be told.

The prior model space plane avoided such publicity by being cached in a hanger at Groom Lake, being taken out for launch on a large conventional aircraft instead of a rocket. Only after the program was canceled did the technical journals discuss the Blackstar.

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_generic.jsp?channel=awst&id=news/030606p1.xml


23 posted on 04/23/2010 6:06:18 AM PDT by tlb
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To: ClearCase_guy
What does that really mean?

Main Entry: au·ton·o·mous
Pronunciation: \ȯ-ˈtä-nə-məs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek autonomos independent, from aut- + nomos law — more at nimble
Date: 1800
1 : of, relating to, or marked by autonomy
2 a : having the right or power of self-government b : undertaken or carried on without outside control : self-contained (an autonomous school system)
3 a : existing or capable of existing independently (an autonomous zooid) b : responding, reacting, or developing independently of the whole (an autonomous growth)
4 : controlled by the autonomic nervous system

synonyms see free
— au·ton·o·mous·ly adverb

24 posted on 04/23/2010 6:16:55 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Thank you Kent.


25 posted on 04/23/2010 6:26:32 AM PDT by weeweed (Proud Costco University graduate)
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To: TSgt

Operation Red Herring (bluff the Mullahs and keep them guessing in order to try and buy a few more months to try and get UN sanctions).

At least that would be in keeping with the Obama M.O.


26 posted on 04/23/2010 6:50:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BitWielder1

The wings give it a lot of cross range capability, and I suspect it can pull LOTS of Gs more than a human could handle. That makes it valuable for recon and dropping ordnance.

This means we could drop a penetrating bomb on some tyrant’s bunker moving at about 6000 meters/sec (nice penetration). This bird could hit any spot on Earth in about 30 minutes. The bad guys would have to live in a motor home (oops, we could put active guidance in the ordnance) so the motor home won’t work.

I first saw a prototype 23 years ago.


27 posted on 04/23/2010 8:37:35 AM PDT by darth (c)
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This means we could drop a penetrating bomb on some tyrant’s bunker moving at about 6000 meters/sec (nice penetration).

The thought of tungsten jacketed depleted uranium rods from the gods landing on the homes of the Mullahs brings a smile to my face. Then realizing that the Kenyan usurper in the White House would never use them makes the smile go away.
28 posted on 04/23/2010 8:44:21 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Biggirl

BTTT


29 posted on 04/23/2010 7:54:14 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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