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Is secret USAF robot plane X37B a warrior or a workhorse?
Digital Journal ^ | 6-6-2012 | Paul Wallis

Posted on 07/04/2012 12:50:13 PM PDT by Renfield

Edited on 07/04/2012 1:48:53 PM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

Sydney - A robot US space plane, X37B, has just completed a record feat of endurance, a whole year in space. This rather evasively publicized major achievement is a first for any kind of reusable spacecraft.

Itís also a reassuring achievement at a time when many commentators (me for one) were wondering if the US was playing with a full deck on its space program capabilities. The apparently blasť decommissioning of the space shuttles, given the very high reliance of the US military on space infrastructure like spy satellites, etc. was looking very much like an unbelievably stupid own goal.


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TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: boeing; nasa; spaceexploration; x37b
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1 posted on 07/04/2012 12:50:23 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

So, no answers, just a bunch of questions. Not much of an article.


2 posted on 07/04/2012 12:58:35 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: Renfield
I have said this before but it is appropriate here. When the first operational space battle station comes over the horizon, it better have the Stars and Stripes on it or the world will sink into at least a millennium of savagery.
3 posted on 07/04/2012 1:00:14 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Renfield

Where’s the link?


4 posted on 07/04/2012 1:03:01 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Renfield
It’d be suicide for an opponent to risk major hits to its own infrastructure. They’d be blinded.

Check your premises.

An opponent prepared for a satellite free battlefield would have a significant advantage over a satellite dependent one.

A couple tons of BBs in a translunar orbit, with a return path putting a cloud of them in an east-to-west orbit could deny the high ground for centuries.

6 posted on 07/04/2012 1:18:08 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1260 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

“A couple tons of BBs in a translunar orbit, with a return path putting a cloud of them in an east-to-west orbit could deny the high ground for centuries. “

You might be surprised what necessity can reap. I’m guessing they’ve already put together the technology, and will scale up when the time comes.

Can you say “lasers”?


7 posted on 07/04/2012 1:51:24 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: null and void
A big magnetic mat might mitigate the problem. Collect the bbs and roll it up tight.
8 posted on 07/04/2012 2:11:43 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Myrddin

OK, aluminum pellets. Doesn’t much matter what they’re made of at a closing speed of Mach 25...


9 posted on 07/04/2012 2:21:47 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1260 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: Born to Conserve

Well, we recently learned that they can now aim a laser beam from a stormcloud to a target on the ground and cause a lightning bolt to follow the laser beam to the target....and fry it!


10 posted on 07/04/2012 3:24:23 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: Renfield
Touchdown! Infrared camera captures first picture of mysterious U.S. space plane landing in California (but what was it doing on its 15-month mission?)

Many pictures at this site.

Smaller than I thought.

11 posted on 07/04/2012 3:29:50 PM PDT by blam
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To: Renfield
Depends. If it could drop armor piercing rods from space, just using kinetic energy, on to and right on through, say, this place:

would that be considered a weapon?

12 posted on 07/04/2012 3:33:49 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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13 posted on 07/04/2012 3:34:27 PM PDT by blam
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14 posted on 07/04/2012 3:38:32 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Born to Conserve
Can you say “lasers”?


15 posted on 07/04/2012 5:13:15 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: Myrddin; null and void

Ceramic BB’s, non-magnetic.
Doesn’t have to survive the hypervelocity impact anyway, just has to hit and do damage.
Silicon nitride would do nicely, it is used to make large black ball bearings.
A doubled up cloud of double ought sized with smaller pigeon shot sized ceramic pellets would work wonders at damaging satellites.
You don’t have to be fancy, just disable the power supplying solar cells or damage any optics the satellite has.


16 posted on 07/04/2012 5:43:30 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Darksheare

Ceramic, even better, transparent to radar, black to optical tracking.

Every hit generates scores of secondary projectiles.

Only a matter of days before everything in NEO is damaged, weeks for enough debris to percolate up to Clarke orbits to impact communications satellites, assuming the original distribution isn’t optimized to take them out first.


17 posted on 07/04/2012 5:55:54 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1260 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: null and void

Yeah, this was stuff that was being discussed a loooooong time ago.
In the public domain no less.
Makes one wonder what was being discussed outside the public domain.


18 posted on 07/04/2012 6:05:48 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: null and void

Well, not so much the BB’s part, the actual discussion was something about tossing a handful of nuts, washers and bolts ‘out the hatch’.


19 posted on 07/04/2012 6:09:55 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Renfield

I imagine quite a few warrior grunts would call themselves workhorses from time to time.

And indeed, many fighters and other combat aircraft have been designated as such over their tenure. A C130 can also be an AC130 Spectere. I don’t imagine the Airforce spent all that money only on a pickup truck.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 6:17:32 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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