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The X-37B……The Air Force moves into the post Space Shuttle mode….

The Space Shuttle Program is winding down……

President Obama will not extend the aircraft…….

The Air Force it seems is concerned that they will not have a space truck to make delieveries….so they have dragged out a old program almost cancelled when the shuttle started doing its work…..The X-37B…….

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This spaceplane looks surprising like the Shuttle , right?

Well …….I would assume that the Air Force wants this to be able hoist up their satellites and other stuff …..which was the deal the original Shuttle program used to continue its funding……

The ultimate purpose of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle and details about the craft, which has been passed between several government agencies, however, remain a mystery as it is prepared for launch April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

“As long as you’re confused you’re in good shape,” said defense analyst John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org. “I looked into this a couple of years ago — the entire sort of hypersonic, suborbital, scramjet nest of programs — of which there are upwards of a dozen. The more I studied it the less I understood it.”

The quietly scheduled launch culminates the project’s long and expensive journey from NASA to the Pentagon’s research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force unit.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the X-37 program, but the current total has not been released.

The launch date, landing sites and a fact sheet were released by Air Force spokeswoman Maj. Angie I. Blair. She said more information would be released soon, but questions on cost and other matters submitted by e-mail weren’t answered by Friday.

More……..

This is a repost……from April 4th…..The Aircraft was mentioned on MSNBC today…..

An addition pice from usatoday on a launch of the aircraft.…..ah, Spacecraft…..

From: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2010-04-09-space-plane_N.htm

April 12, 2010 - Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, Travel, Updates | , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. The X-37 was designed to fit into the current space shuttle’s cargo hold for lift off:

    The X-37B was designed to fit snugly in a space shuttle’s payload bay, at about 29 feet long, less than 10 feet tall and with a wing span nearly 15 feet across. It was a NASA project until 2004; now the spacecraft belongs to the Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which hasn’t released its cost or future plans for the spacecraft. An Atlas-V(501) launch costs about $190 million.

    From: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/columnist/vergano/2010-04-09-space-plane_N.htm

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the link…I’ll add it to the repost…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. We know what it’s future will be….

    The US Air Force will have it’s own shuttle a/c to launch satellites ……

    Comment by jamesb101 | April 12, 2010 | Reply

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  5. Does the x37 have the ability to change orbit . . a little, a lot, or not at all ?

    Comment by JohnB | May 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the question…..yes..it’s gonna be up there for while…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 4, 2010 | Reply


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