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[M]mysterious space plane to land after a YEAR in orbit - and no one knows what it did up there
dailymailuk ^ | : 09:12 EST, 4 June 2012 | Rob Waugh

Posted on 06/04/2012 6:03:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June - ending a year-long mission in orbit. The experimental Boeing X37-B has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour and was due to land in California in December. It is now expected to land in mid to late June.

At launch, the space plane was accompanied by staff in biohazard suits, leading to speculation that there were radioactive components on board.

The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice,' said Colonel Nina Armagno of the U.S. Air Force's Space Wing. The plane resembles a mini space shuttle and is the second to fly in space.

It was meant to land in March, but the mission of the X-37B orbital test vehicle was extended – for unknown reasons.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: boeing; nasa; spaceexploration; x37b
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biohazard suits, leading to speculation that there were radioactive components...

Huh?

1 posted on 06/04/2012 6:03:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Full Title:

Secret mission accomplished: America’s mysterious space plane to land after a YEAR in orbit - and no one knows what it did up there
The X-37B has been circling the Earth at 17,000mph and was due to land in California in December
Mission of highly classified robotic plane extended for unknown reasons
Will now land in mid- to late-June


2 posted on 06/04/2012 6:04:50 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

More likely due to presence of hydrazine or something like that.


3 posted on 06/04/2012 6:05:56 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: BenLurkin

Stupid headline. Of course somebody knows what it did up there.


4 posted on 06/04/2012 6:06:02 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: BenLurkin

17,000 is a little slow for it to be in orbit.


5 posted on 06/04/2012 6:06:13 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BenLurkin
and no one knows what it did up there

Considering Obama is President, it was probably up there to 'prove' global warming.

6 posted on 06/04/2012 6:06:21 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: BenLurkin

IN CASE OF FIRE
Notify Divison 87
Emergencies Only

Jack


7 posted on 06/04/2012 6:06:21 PM PDT by JackOfVA
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To: BenLurkin

It takes a LONG time to disable a Chinese nuclear-armed ‘satellite’ that you’re not completely familiar with. Hehehe.


8 posted on 06/04/2012 6:07:13 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: BenLurkin

They were refueling satellites. THe bio-suits are for hydrazine. THat is in-space rocket fuel.


9 posted on 06/04/2012 6:07:19 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: BenLurkin

I think it’s not going to be as sexy as people want to think it is.
Probably exposing defense electronics and materials to long term exposure to space for testing and the rare opportunity for retrieval to examine them which generally never happens.


10 posted on 06/04/2012 6:07:43 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: saganite

The people in the military are considered “nobody.”


11 posted on 06/04/2012 6:12:03 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

Paging Dan Rather, maybe he can make up some story about what they did.


12 posted on 06/04/2012 6:13:38 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: saganite

If Obama knows the details of this mission, it’s performing eavesdropping on we citizens. If Obama DOESN’T know the details of this mission, it’s performing eavesdropping on foreign communications.


13 posted on 06/04/2012 6:15:38 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: BenLurkin

EZ-Pass verification?


14 posted on 06/04/2012 6:17:09 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: zot; SeraphimApprentice; Interesting Times

Good photographs on the Daily Mail site.


15 posted on 06/04/2012 6:18:19 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Bryan24; Jack Hydrazine
Did anyone ping you to this thread?

Ping for form's sake.

/johnny

16 posted on 06/04/2012 6:18:51 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: kalee

Stay tuned. I’m sure that Joe Biden will blurt it out in good time.


17 posted on 06/04/2012 6:19:35 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: KevinDavis

Ping.


18 posted on 06/04/2012 6:20:21 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: BenLurkin

How is the pilot doing after a year in space?


19 posted on 06/04/2012 6:22:45 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: driftdiver

“17,000 is a little slow for it to be in orbit.”

Depends on how high it is . . .


20 posted on 06/04/2012 6:23:38 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: BenLurkin

Cool, go Air Force.


21 posted on 06/04/2012 6:24:43 PM PDT by TBall
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe it went to Tiajuanna


22 posted on 06/04/2012 6:25:09 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Brilliant

lol
Maybe they will feed Biden the story Rather makes up knowing he will spill it. Great disinformation tactic.


23 posted on 06/04/2012 6:25:22 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Nope, just happened to see it.

Refueling satellites saves billions of dollars.

Bio suits means one thing - Nasty fuels. Nowm they COULD be handling nuclear fuel to refuel some power cells on some satellites. My bet is hydrazine-like fuels.


24 posted on 06/04/2012 6:26:16 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Born to Conserve
Anything lower than 90 minutes requires a lot of input power because of the atmosphere and that's... well. I'll let you calc the orbit. A cook can do it.

/johnny

25 posted on 06/04/2012 6:26:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Born to Conserve

This is true!


26 posted on 06/04/2012 6:26:49 PM PDT by coldbluesteel (Endo)
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To: driftdiver

It depends on the height.

GPE = KE
—> mgh = (1/2)mv^2
—> h = (1/2)/9.81*(7600m/s)^2 = 2944km = 1829 miles orbital height from the center of the Earth


27 posted on 06/04/2012 6:27:54 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

pretty impressive, chuck.


28 posted on 06/04/2012 6:31:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; Bryan24; dead; Lazamataz
I was mainly pinging Jack. He and I don't always agree, but he is pretty smart.

And if you mention something like dead... or hit... It is good form to ping the persons that may or may not be involved.

Or hydrazine.

/johnny

29 posted on 06/04/2012 6:31:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin

So much for the myth that the American government is outsourcing space to private companies.

Everyone watch the Dragon, (not what we’re REALLY doing).


30 posted on 06/04/2012 6:31:51 PM PDT by DManA
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To: BenLurkin

31 posted on 06/04/2012 6:32:36 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: BenLurkin

32 posted on 06/04/2012 6:32:45 PM PDT by HighWheeler
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
1829 miles orbital height from the center of the Earth

Isn't that inside rock? Correct me if I'm wrong. I'm just a cook.

/johnny

33 posted on 06/04/2012 6:34:42 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: kalee
Paging Dan Rather, maybe he can make up some story about what they did.

The plan is to have Geraldo crack open the cargo hold on live TV.

34 posted on 06/04/2012 6:35:58 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: P.O.E.

Taking pictures of me peeing out in the yard, no doubt.


35 posted on 06/04/2012 6:36:30 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: Past Your Eyes
Which are yours? There's millions.

/johnny

36 posted on 06/04/2012 6:38:02 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

The ones with my belly hiding what’s important.


37 posted on 06/04/2012 6:43:54 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: dinodino

“More likely due to presence of hydrazine “

A friend of mine had a hydrazine injection system on his race car in the mid 50s.

It was really kind of neet stuff!!!!


38 posted on 06/04/2012 6:45:29 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Past Your Eyes
You have a shed built over the tool, then?

/johnny

39 posted on 06/04/2012 6:46:27 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A good sturdy one.


40 posted on 06/04/2012 6:48:54 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (What if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.)
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To: al baby

Tijuana.


41 posted on 06/04/2012 6:49:52 PM PDT by arthurus ( Read Henry hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson")
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To: JRandomFreeper
I am right that 1829 miles is in rock... but 17000 MPH isn't 1829 miles from the center of the earth.

The results for 17K miles per hour work out to be 1.08 something earth radii.

And that's just too close for comfort. The atmposphere drags you down.

/johnny

42 posted on 06/04/2012 6:50:28 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Less than rock, though.


43 posted on 06/04/2012 6:52:53 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: dinodino; Jack Hydrazine
More likely due to presence of hydrazine or something like that.

Yup...

44 posted on 06/04/2012 6:53:56 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1231 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: BenLurkin

What are the odds this thing accidently lands in Iran?


45 posted on 06/04/2012 6:54:24 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: HighWheeler

looks like a bit of a space shark.
all it needs are those dolls eyes stuck on the sides....


46 posted on 06/04/2012 7:02:02 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Dogbert41
What are the odds this thing accidently lands in Iran?

I am a cook. You want an Arty Orficer, find your own. I can say it WILL land.

You'll need someone smart to say where.

/johnny

47 posted on 06/04/2012 7:02:19 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I think I am lost in your math. Miles is a distance measurement and MPH is a velocity measurement. I’m not sure how you get from 17K mph to 1.08r.

Sorry if I missed something.


48 posted on 06/04/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: BenLurkin

It’s overdue for its’ 100 million mile service.


49 posted on 06/04/2012 7:08:52 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Dutch Boy
I don't know how to do this on the computer.... Velocity sub orbit equals the square root of the radius times the surface gravity sub orbit.

If I'm wrong, 'splain me. Won't be the first time I've been beat for math issues.

/johnny

50 posted on 06/04/2012 7:10:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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