• The USAF's Robotic X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth After a 15-Month Secret Mission
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[QUOTE]The Air Force’s X-37B--its secret robotic space plane that’s been orbiting the Earth on a mission shrouded in mystery for more than a year--landed safely in the wee hours Saturday morning at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV-2) is the second X-37B test vehicle to successfully complete an orbital mission and autonomously return to Earth, following sister spacecraft OTV-1’s 225-day mission in 2010. That original mission lasted 224 days, a figure that at the time was mind-blowing for a top secret robotic spaceplane. It led to wide speculation about what the X-37B’s are really capable of--the Air Force maintains that it is simply learning how to quickly recover and launch robotic spaceplanes, nothing more--as well as what their pickup-truck-sized cargo bays might be holding (the Air Force is silent on the latter point). Regardless, OTV-2 just blew OTV-1 and even its own design parameters clean out of the water. The most recent OTV mission lasted for 469 days on orbit, more than twice the length of OTV-1‘s inaugural mission and surpassing its own 270-day mission profile by 199 days. So the 29-foot mini-shuttles are showing some serious promise, we’re just not sure what for. If anything, this most recent mission is proof that the Air Force is getting somewhere with its stated goal for the orbiters. With OTV-2 on the ground, OTV-1 is already being prepped for another mission slated to launch later this year. The Air Force likely won’t be any more forthcoming about the payload or objectives of that mission either, but rumor has it that Boeing Phantom Works--maker of the X-37B--is exploring the possibility of building a larger version tentatively titled the X-37C that would be nearly twice as large and could carry up to six astronauts. [img]http://www.popsci.com/files/imagecache/article_image_large/articles/101203-F-9709S-033.jpeg[/img][/quote] Source: [url]http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-06/air-forces-mysterious-x-37b-space-plane-returns-earth-after-15-months-orbit[/url] :tinfoil:
How did it get into orbit? Just flying out? If so that's impressive.
I love secret space shit like this. Hope it involves lasers.
[QUOTE=CanadianBill;36392716]How did it get into orbit? Just flying out? If so that's impressive.[/QUOTE] They stuck it on the end of a rocket. [img]http://i.imgur.com/APA3t.jpg[/img]
[QUOTE=DanRatherman;36392730]I love secret space shit like this. Hope it involves lasers.[/QUOTE] Banned by the UN space convention, then again, the US and Russia have ASAT.
[QUOTE=Zambies!;36392751]Banned by the UN space convention, then again, the US and Russia have ASAT.[/QUOTE] As if the UN would do anything more than write an angry letter :v:
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36392769]As if the UN would do anything more than write an angry letter :v:[/QUOTE] Pretty much this. The United States could park a satellite armed to the teeth with MIRV warheads in orbit and nobody, I repea, [B][I]nobody[/I][/B], would be able to anything more than write said angry letters to Congress/The White House/whatever. If the UN can't even stop a civil war in Syria, than there's little they could do to stop the most powerful nation on Earth from militarizing space.
[img]http://i.imgur.com/y2K3s.jpg[/img] [i]"You done good, boy."[/i]
[QUOTE=Madman_Andre;36392895]Pretty much this. The United States could park a satellite armed to the teeth with MIRV warheads in orbit and nobody, I repea, [B][I]nobody[/I][/B], would be able to anything more than write said angry letters to Congress/The White House/whatever. If the UN can't even stop a civil war in Syria, than there's little they could do to stop the most powerful nation on Earth from militarizing space.[/QUOTE] The entire point of the UN is stop stop wars, not create them. That's why they don't fuck shit up like the US, by sending 50,000 troops to that country and fucking up everything. Instead they try to solve it with words, until that doesn't work. Then, if they all agree, they can send troops to create peace.
[QUOTE=joost1120;36393426]The entire point of the UN is stop stop wars, not create them. That's why they don't fuck shit up like the US, by sending 50,000 troops to that country and fucking up everything. Instead they try to solve it with words, until that doesn't work. Then, if they all agree, they can send troops to create peace.[/QUOTE] The point is, that they never agree, because the voting system is broken, effectively making the UN useless if it's time to do more then bitch at the government.
[QUOTE=joost1120;36393426]The entire point of the UN is stop stop wars, not create them. That's why they don't fuck shit up like the US, by sending 50,000 troops to that country and fucking up everything. Instead they try to solve it with words, until that doesn't work. Then, if they all agree, they can send troops to create peace.[/QUOTE] Yeah that's cool and all until you realize that in order to "send troops to create peace" you need a unanimous vote by five different countries which have different goals and don't always want peace at the same time in the same places. And some of those countries actively engage in those wars the UN is trying to stop.
[QUOTE=CanadianBill;36392716]How did it get into orbit? Just flying out? If so that's impressive.[/QUOTE] It's really not as hard as you might think. It's all a matter of speed, angle, weight, and is much more cost effective than sending up one shot rockets every time. Take a paper air plane and toss it straight up. It's likely to come right back down. Now attach that air plane to a string and spin it, gradually giving it more slack. Now it can go farther with no risk of plummeting to the ground. Take the same idea and apply it to a craft capable of being in space, only instead of strings you simply fly it up (but not straight up).
[QUOTE=Jurikuer;36393608]Take a paper air plane and toss it straight up. It's likely to come right back down.[/QUOTE] Mine kept going, it's gone.
Well, the US is fucking good at making stuff cool. Fuck, this spaceplane is cool.
[QUOTE=Emperor Scorpious II;36392769]As if the UN would do anything more than write an angry letter :v:[/QUOTE] You are WRONG! They would also talk very angrily on TV.
Probably spying on some country or other. That or ancient aliens.
[QUOTE=Madman_Andre;36392895]Pretty much this. The United States could park a satellite armed to the teeth with MIRV warheads in orbit and nobody, I repea, [B][I]nobody[/I][/B], would be able to anything more than write said angry letters to Congress/The White House/whatever. If the UN can't even stop a civil war in Syria, than there's little they could do to stop the most powerful nation on Earth from militarizing space.[/QUOTE] Except Russia will happily shoot it down and the US will cry to the UN about it.
[QUOTE=Canary;36394988]Except Russia will happily shoot it down and the US will cry to the UN about it.[/QUOTE] Then it's USA's turn of sending angry letters and talking about Russia in very angry tone, and making movies about evil russians for the next five years again :v:
[QUOTE=Zambies!;36392751]Banned by the UN space convention, then again, the US and Russia have ASAT.[/QUOTE] I present to you. The [B]USS George W Bush[/B] [img]http://i.imgur.com/mbWuT.png[/img]
[QUOTE=Madman_Andre;36392895]Pretty much this. The United States could park a satellite armed to the teeth with MIRV warheads in orbit and nobody, I repea, [B][I]nobody[/I][/B], would be able to anything more than write said angry letters to Congress/The White House/whatever. If the UN can't even stop a civil war in Syria, than there's little they could do to stop [highlight]ONE OF[/highlight] the most powerful nation on Earth from militarizing space.[/QUOTE] Ftfy
[QUOTE=_Maverick_;36398071]Ftfy[/QUOTE] Strongest navy and a superior technologically based army does make them pretty damn powerful.
Along with an airforce that has so many planes and planes in reserve that there's no use for most of them.
what the fuck i swear i posted in this thread already saying "this is pretty damn cool"
Very impressive.
[QUOTE=_Maverick_;36398071]Ftfy[/QUOTE] Well, im gonna go ahead and say that with our Navy, we are the most powerful nation. Its pretty damn big.
[QUOTE=Jetblack357;36400956]Well, im gonna go ahead and say that with our Navy, we are the most powerful nation. Its pretty damn big.[/QUOTE] Yeah 13 aircraft carriers. Nice.
[QUOTE=Madman_Andre;36392895]Pretty much this. The United States could park a satellite armed to the teeth with MIRV warheads in orbit and nobody, I repea, [B][I]nobody[/I][/B], would be able to anything more than write said angry letters to Congress/The White House/whatever. If the UN can't even stop a civil war in Syria, than there's little they could do to stop the most powerful nation on Earth from militarizing space.[/QUOTE]To be honest, I wouldn't be surprised if there's both Soviet and US attack satellites orbiting already, launched during the cold war and left there to wait.
[quote] Boeing Phantom Works--maker of the X-37B--is exploring the possibility of building a larger version tentatively titled the X-37C that would be nearly twice as large and could carry up to six astronauts. [/quote] Are we getting another space shuttle?
[QUOTE=jaredop;36401450]Are we getting another space shuttle?[/QUOTE] Might be for possible contract work in the future. I remember reading that they where interested in getting involved like how SpaceX is with NASA.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/y2K3s.jpg[/IMG] why do they find the need to wear hazmat suits :byodood:
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