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The X-37B Launched Last Night  
User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6817 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6806 times:

The USAF's new venture into space was launched from Cape Canaveral last night, an autonomous unmanned "mini-Shuttle". Unknown what it's doing, other than making sure all the bits work and can come home again, or how long it'll be up there, but missions could last upto 9 months, apparently.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8601172.stm
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=10455110


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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6710 times:

In some respects, it seems like a reconstitution of the X-20 program -- without pilots.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-20_Dyna-Soar


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6564 times:

Some more pictures of the X-37B and the Atlas V;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...pace-shuttle-launched-tonight.html


User currently offlinedxing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 6 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6247 times:

Quoting oly720man (Thread starter):
Unknown what it's doing, other than making sure all the bits work and can come home again, or how long it'll be up there, but missions could last upto 9 months, apparently.

Ask Joe Biden, then we'll all know.

This thing certainly has been around the showroom floor quite a bit hasn't it?


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (4 years 6 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

Quoting dxing (Reply 3):
This thing certainly has been around the showroom floor quite a bit hasn't it?

The X-37B program began in 1999 as a NASA project and transferred to the USAF and DARPA in 2004. I believe it grew out of the old X-40 program.


User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3284 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (4 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5185 times:

"The Air Force launched a secretive space plane into orbit Thursday night from Cape Canaveral, Florida. And they’re not sure when it’s returning to Earth. Perched atop an Atlas V rocket, the Air Force’s unmanned and reusable X-37B made its first flight after a decade in development shrouded in mystery; most of the mission goals remain unknown to the public...."

Source and Photos: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010...e-unmanned-space-vehicle/#comments



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User currently offlineoly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6817 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3559 times:

And 7 months later, it's landed again, successfully, it would seem.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11911335



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