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The X-37B Launched Last Night

Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:12 am

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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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:13 pm

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-20_Dyna-Soar
 
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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:36 pm

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

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...pace-shuttle-launched-tonight.html
 
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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:09 pm

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?
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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:41 pm

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.
 
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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:28 am

"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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RE: The X-37B Launched Last Night

Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:56 pm

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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