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Air Force mystery plane set for next mission
ABC News via Yahoooooo! ^ | 2012-09-26 | Taylor Hom

Posted on 09/26/2012 5:06:06 PM PDT by justlurking

The U.S. military's mysterious X-37B space plane is headed back into the great beyond to do… whatever it does up there.

The X-37B is slated for its third launch in October, the Air Force said, but like its two orbital predecessors, the mission of the unmanned spacecraft remains shrouded in secrecy. The exact timing of the October spaceflight, dubbed Orbital Test Vechicle-3 or OTV-3, is also tentative.

"We are on track for the launch of the X-37B to occur next month, but the exact date of the launch is dependent on a number of factors including range conditions and weather," Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col . John Dorrian told ABC News. The 29-foot-long vehicle is set to launch aboard an Atlas 5 rocket from the Florida station of Cape Canaveral.

The pioneer voyage of the X-37B, called OTV-1, began in April of 2010 and lasted 225 days, eventually landing in December of the same year at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The second orbit, OTV-2, touched down on the same base this past June following a record-breaking 469 day travel.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Technical
KEYWORDS: spaceplane; usaf; x27b

1 posted on 09/26/2012 5:06:08 PM PDT by justlurking
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To: justlurking

I wonder if they could put a nuke on board, fly it over a target and create an EMP over a certain country in Persia should the need arise.


2 posted on 09/26/2012 5:11:05 PM PDT by albionin
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To: justlurking
Launched in October..........hmmmm, when is Israel set to attack Iran?.....and I wonder what kind of super-powers this thing is going to have to help end an Iranian blockade of the Straight of Hormuz?
3 posted on 09/26/2012 5:11:37 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Robert357

The new pipeline through the UAE bypasses the Straights of Hormuz: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CCYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Fstory%2F2012-07-15%2Femirates-pipeline%2F56237350%2F1&ei=x5ljUOqjH4nq8wS2noCoBA&usg=AFQjCNEBYgK5Ku3QuK6ECRFnBl9DuHlwtw

Iranian blockades are obsolete now.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 5:15:01 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: thingumbob; amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; Matchett-PI; ...
Brevard County, Florida launch ping.

This time the X37 is local!

Let me know if you want on or off this ping list.
(not associated with the county government)


5 posted on 09/26/2012 5:24:30 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Obama gives us the gift of downward mobility)
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To: Robert357
[I wonder what kind of super-powers this thing is going to have to help end an Iranian blockade of the Straight of Hormuz?]

One idea was that the military space plane could launch kinetic missiles (like metal bolts with fins) that would reenter the atmosphere at thousands of mph and would be capable of targeting and penetrating reinforced underground bunkers.

6 posted on 09/26/2012 5:34:57 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: justlurking

If it was really that big of a mystery, you wouldn’t be seeing pix of it in the fairing


7 posted on 09/26/2012 5:36:35 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: justlurking

Other upcoming launches:

Ariane 5, 26SEP2012, 2:18 p.m. PDT/5:18 p.m. EDT
Watch it live at http://www.arianespace.tv/

Falco 9, 7OCT2012, 5:34 p.m. PDT/8:34 p.m. EDT
Watch it live at http://www.spaceflightnow.com/falcon9/004/status.html

SpaceX’s reusable rocket testbed takes first hop
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1209/24grasshopper/

Hybrid rocket engine with acrylic and gaseous oxygen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLPWqCMb7DE


8 posted on 09/26/2012 5:37:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: justlurking

Wait, wait, I know the mission!

It’ll be programmed to fly at high-altitude, skywriting behind it “OBAMA 2012” and “ALLAH AKBAR!”


9 posted on 09/26/2012 5:38:55 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: justlurking

Bad mumbo

10 posted on 09/26/2012 5:41:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: justlurking

Cool - wish we had more of them and a stronger space program, period.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 5:42:51 PM PDT by Puddleglum (http://www.facebook.com/paulhawkinsauthoradventurerexplorer)
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To: justlurking

25 October launch date.
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/av034/stacking.html


12 posted on 09/26/2012 5:48:16 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Puddleglum

Wish we had a real President.......and a real House with a real Speaker, and a real Senate......


13 posted on 09/26/2012 5:50:19 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: Regulator

I agree, if we’re seeing it, it’s obsolete. We got sumpin else up there.


14 posted on 09/26/2012 6:21:59 PM PDT by coolbreeze (giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teen-age boys.)
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To: justlurking

Did you hear it’s scheduled to fly a family of four over Kenya on January 21st where they’ll parachute to their new home?


15 posted on 09/26/2012 6:29:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: coolbreeze

We had stuff in 1983 (the year I left) that I still haven’t seen in the open press.


16 posted on 09/26/2012 6:30:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do we have a “real count” of the X-craft past the X-15?

Anything “missing”? (But remember, the F-117 and SR-71/RS-71 were “off-numbered” from their real sequence, so it may not matter.)


17 posted on 09/26/2012 7:11:57 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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