Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

X-37B Military Space Plane's Latest Mystery Mission Passes 600 Days
livescience ^ | April 30, 2019 04:43pm ET | Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer |

Posted on 05/09/2019 7:09:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The reusable robotic vehicle, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttle orbiters, launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sept. 7, 2017.

It's unclear what exactly the spacecraft is doing up there. X-37B missions are classified, and Air Force officials tend to speak of project goals in general terms, as this excerpt from the X-37B fact sheet shows: "The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold: reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth."

Still, the Air Force does divulge some payloads flying on X-37B missions. For example, we know that OTV-5 includes the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader experiment (ASETS-II), which is measuring the performance of electronics and oscillating heat pipes in the space environment.

The Air Force has at least two X-37B vehicles, both of which were built by Boeing. Each space plane is 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 9.6 feet (2.9 m) tall, with a wingspan of almost 15 feet (4.6 m). The solar-powered spacecraft have payload bays about the size of a pickup-truck bed.

OTV-5 is not, so far, the longest-duration X-37B mission, though the outing will earn that distinction if the established pattern holds: Each OTV flight has lasted longer than its predecessors.

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: elonmusk; falcon9; falconheavy; spaceplane; spacex; x37b

1 posted on 05/09/2019 7:09:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin; Army Air Corps

Thanks for the post and ping!


2 posted on 05/09/2019 7:10:04 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If you want on First Lady Melania's, Ivanka Trump's or Sarah Palin's Ping Lists, just let me know.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Maybe Occam’s razor does apply. Maybe the space craft is just a platform for expanding scientific knowledge.


3 posted on 05/09/2019 7:23:24 PM PDT by buckalfa (I was so much older then, but I'am younger than that now.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: buckalfa

But would like to think that the F-350 long bed cargo bay contains some Rods of God.


4 posted on 05/09/2019 7:34:53 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Painting chicom satellites.


5 posted on 05/09/2019 8:11:00 PM PDT by mindburglar (Stupid is supposed to hurt. - Lurkers Granddad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

Uh, huh. It’s doing more than that. But what? That’s the question.


6 posted on 05/09/2019 8:21:21 PM PDT by Stravinsky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mindburglar

What color?


7 posted on 05/09/2019 8:47:37 PM PDT by null and void (You can't normalize the type of behavior the left is trying to normalize because it isn't normal.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

I’m thinking we have working stasis technology, and it’s being tested in a zero-G environment (with human guinea pig on board).


8 posted on 05/09/2019 9:32:13 PM PDT by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stravinsky

I think they’re spying on Chinese spy satellites, trying to intercept & analyze the take, gaining a hold on what aspects of the US military reallly interest the PRC.


9 posted on 05/09/2019 9:44:52 PM PDT by gaijin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Flourescent yellow so our space force pilots can see them better.


10 posted on 05/09/2019 10:38:39 PM PDT by mindburglar (Stupid is supposed to hurt. - Lurkers Granddad.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

What does that look like ?


11 posted on 05/09/2019 10:45:48 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L,J,Keslin posting for the record hoping some might read and pass around)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

They are shuttling supplies to the dark side of the moon.


12 posted on 05/09/2019 11:12:33 PM PDT by ping jockey (The only difference between organized crime and D.C. is one is illegal and one isn't)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Deaf Smith

Exactly what I was thinking. The primary goals would be achieved if used!


13 posted on 05/09/2019 11:17:24 PM PDT by ALASKA (Watching an attempted coup by a thousand cuts....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: wastedyears

I had an idea, but had to look up the definition.

Stasis (”stays the same”(?) regards “hibernation” type stuff for long-term travel.

Interesting theory!


14 posted on 05/09/2019 11:46:47 PM PDT by 21twelve (!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: gaijin

Glomar Explorer was useful for deep sea ‘research’. I suspect the X-37B has similar ‘research’ capabilities for space.


15 posted on 05/10/2019 12:58:48 AM PDT by 8Man
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: mindburglar

Checking low-orbit satellites for neutron emissions.

That’s what I would put up there if I was choosing.

Those low-flyers pose an EMP risk.


16 posted on 05/10/2019 1:17:29 AM PDT by Bobalu (12 diet Cokes and a fried chicken...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson