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X-37B…..Update…

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

The Air Force unmanned miniature shuttle spacecraft will stay in orbit for up to 270 days….

Doing it’s thing…….

Though the 11,000-pound vehicle–about 29 feet long, with a wingspan of just under 15 feet–is designed to stay in orbit for 270 days, the exact duration of its first flight hasn’t been revealed. Upon completing its first mission, the Boeing-built X-37B is due to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California……..

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May 4, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Space, Updates | , | 5 Comments

The US Air Force 45th Space Wing gets the unmanned X-37B up………’Dream Chaser’ may be the next US manned space vehicle……

Looks like the Air Force had a succesful launch……

They are now in the unmanned space shuttle business on their own…..

NASA  has only few more manned Shuttle Flights before they shut down operations sometime this fall….

At that time the United States of American will be unable to place a human is space for the forseeable future…..

Private space travel will be the next step for the United States….

The most promising vehicle will be the ‘Dream Chaser’ manned spacecraft (owned by Sierra Nevada Corporation ) which is a old NASA design

Dream Chaser


(HL-20 ) that has been tested…but abandoned by NASA in favor of the soon to be deactivated Space Shuttle…..

Sierra Nevada has been awarded $20 million to future develop its space plane system…as the President undoubtedly knows……..

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:52 p.m. (EDT) today.

The Atlas V rocket carried the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), making its first space flight. The X-37B will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function. A number of new technologies will also be tested on the OTV itself.

“If these technologies on the vehicle prove to be as good as we estimate, it will make our access to space more responsive, perhaps cheaper, and push us in the vector toward being able to react to warfighter needs more quickly,” said Mr. Gary Payton, Air Force Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs.

“This launch helps ensure that our warfighters will be provided the capabilities they need in the future,” said Col. André Lovett, 45th Space Wing vice commander, Launch Decision Authority for the mission. “The 45th Space Wing is proud to launch this historic mission and continue our commitment to assuring access to the high frontier.”
The mission marked a number of important firsts.

“As the first U.S. unmanned reentering space vehicle, the first of its kind, it has been remarkably easy to work with,” said Lt. Col. Erik Bowman, 45th Launch Support Squadron Commander. “Processing and preparations went extremely smooth, and there were absolutely no delays in the vehicle processing. Overall there was great cooperation between the Air Force and industry teams of Boeing, ULA, and Astrotech, where we processed the spacecraft, to make sure everything went smoothly.”

The mission was also the first-ever launch of an Atlas V with the 501 configuration, requiring no solid rocket motors, and the first launch in some five years to involve a 5-meter class fairing, said Colonel Bowman. “This vehicle is light enough to launch without the solid rocket motors even with the larger fairing, making this a rather unique configuration.”

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The US Air Force 45th Space Wing gets the unmanned X-37B up………'Dream Chaser' may be the next US manned space vehicle……

Looks like the Air Force had a succesful launch……

They are now in the unmanned space shuttle business on their own…..

NASA  has only few more manned Shuttle Flights before they shut down operations sometime this fall….

At that time the United States of American will be unable to place a human is space for the forseeable future…..

Private space travel will be the next step for the United States….

The most promising vehicle will be the ‘Dream Chaser’ manned spacecraft (owned by Sierra Nevada Corporation ) which is a old NASA design

Dream Chaser


(HL-20 ) that has been tested…but abandoned by NASA in favor of the soon to be deactivated Space Shuttle…..

Sierra Nevada has been awarded $20 million to future develop its space plane system…as the President undoubtedly knows……..

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. — The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at 7:52 p.m. (EDT) today.

The Atlas V rocket carried the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), making its first space flight. The X-37B will provide a flexible space test platform to conduct various experiments and allow satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to be efficiently transported to and from the space environment where it will need to function. A number of new technologies will also be tested on the OTV itself.

“If these technologies on the vehicle prove to be as good as we estimate, it will make our access to space more responsive, perhaps cheaper, and push us in the vector toward being able to react to warfighter needs more quickly,” said Mr. Gary Payton, Air Force Deputy Under Secretary for Space Programs.

“This launch helps ensure that our warfighters will be provided the capabilities they need in the future,” said Col. André Lovett, 45th Space Wing vice commander, Launch Decision Authority for the mission. “The 45th Space Wing is proud to launch this historic mission and continue our commitment to assuring access to the high frontier.”
The mission marked a number of important firsts.

“As the first U.S. unmanned reentering space vehicle, the first of its kind, it has been remarkably easy to work with,” said Lt. Col. Erik Bowman, 45th Launch Support Squadron Commander. “Processing and preparations went extremely smooth, and there were absolutely no delays in the vehicle processing. Overall there was great cooperation between the Air Force and industry teams of Boeing, ULA, and Astrotech, where we processed the spacecraft, to make sure everything went smoothly.”

The mission was also the first-ever launch of an Atlas V with the 501 configuration, requiring no solid rocket motors, and the first launch in some five years to involve a 5-meter class fairing, said Colonel Bowman. “This vehicle is light enough to launch without the solid rocket motors even with the larger fairing, making this a rather unique configuration.”

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April 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Space, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Two days to a X-37B launch……Update….The launch will be delayed till Thursday….

The US Air Force is getting ready to launch it’s own unmanned mini shuttle in a few days….

BDog has been kind enough to send us a couple of links……..

An Atlas booster is poised to hurl from Florida the reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle into space — now projected to be an April 21 launch.

The X-37B orbital space plane, essentially a mini-shuttle, will be placed into Earth orbit and loiter in space for an unspecified period of time. It will then reenter for an auto-pilot landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, or at neighboring Edwards Air Force Base as back-up.

Not much else is known.

It’s a tight-lipped affair, with its builder — Boeing Phantom Works — pledged to retain vocal silence on the flight — advising this reporter here that they “defer to the customer” — the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

Some new details about the X-37B space plane have been made available, provided by Angie Blair, an Air Force spokeswoman for the project during this week’s 26th National Space Symposium held here. [Graphic: How the X-37B Spacecraft Works.]

Control center

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is capable of supporting a flexible range of experiments, Blair said. “The first mission will emphasize proving technologies necessary for long duration reusable space vehicles with autonomous reentry and landing capabilities.”

“It’s a developmental effort,” Blair said, and it’s standard practice with many Department of Defense development efforts, “specific details of the OTV capabilities, limitations and vulnerabilities” are classified.

Once launched, the X-37B is designed for space missions of up to 270 days, Blair advised, if everything goes as planned. The space plane was designed for low earth orbits, ranging from 110 to 500 nautical miles, she told SPACE.com.

All that being said, exactly where the vehicle’s mission control center is located remains classified.

Bullshit…..Here’s the control unit and their location…..

The United States Air Force‘s 3d Space Experimentation Squadron (3 SES) is a space control unit located at Schriever AFB, Colorado.

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Update.….The Launch will be delayed till Thursday to not interfear with the Space Shuttle  Discovery’s return to earth…..

The shuttle Discovery and a crew of seven astronauts were scheduled to land Monday morning at the Kennedy Space Center, but were thwarted by low clouds and rain at the NASA spaceport. The space agency will try again early Tuesday.

It’s not the first delay this month for the X-37B spacecraft.

Air Force officials originally planned to launch the space plane Monday evening. They delayed the mission last week when NASA extended Discovery’s current spaceflight by one day, making the shuttle’s planned landing the same day.

Typically, two days between shuttle landings and rocket launches are required in order to reset the Eastern Range, which NASA shares with the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, for new space missions.

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April 19, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, Space, Updates | , | Leave a comment