Skip to comments.The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely
Posted on 12/03/2011 7:16:53 AM PST by blam
The X-37B Mystery Spacecraft Just Had Its Nine Month Mission Extended Indefinitely
Dec. 3, 2011, 9:15 AM
Image: US Air Force
The pilotless X-37B Orbital Vehicle has been silently circling the planet for the past nine months and the Air Force has announced it will continue its classified mission indefinitely.
W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times reports the X-37B resembles a smaller version of the space shuttle and is said to test various new technologies in space.
"We initially planned for a nine-month mission, which we are roughly at now, but we will continue to extend the mission as circumstances allow," Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre, the spacecraft's systems program director, said in a statement. "Keeping the X-37 in orbit will provide us with additional experimentation opportunities and allow us to extract the maximum value out of the mission."
The X-37B was built in tight secrecy by Boeing Co.'s Space and Intelligence Systems unit in Huntington Beach, Calif. Engineering work was done at the company's facilities in Huntington Beach and nearby Seal Beach. Other components were fabricated at its satellite-making plant inEl Segundo, Calif.
The classified nature of the X-37B has prompted speculation that the ship is the first step in an orbiting weapons array able to drop bombs or disable satellites of US enemies.
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“I think it is a test of flight controls, and heat shields, but it could have launched a small satellite, but some here cannot get it in their head that the thing is traveling at 17,000 miles per hour.”
It has already completed one multi-month mission, and successfully landed autonomously - a first. It’s a showcase of the advantages of unmanned space vehicles.
Different craft than the first one.
Wrong, maybe the same craft, it may stay up there if they do not get it back soon.
I doubt it's "suborbital" if it's been in orbit for almost nine months. It's "up there" until someone orders it back.
“Wrong, maybe the same craft, it may stay up there if they do not get it back soon.”
Apparently we lucky taxpayers own at least two of them, this one is OTV-2. The one used in the earlier mission is OTV-1.
Current mission link:
I seriously doubt there’s a capability issue, I think they just want it to stay up a bit longer. Maybe it’s observing Phobos-Grunt...
LOL, I found a conspiracy web sight where people list all the crazy things they think this toy is capable of. LOL, the rod thing is one most crazy. I think they are testing the beam me up stuff. Ha, ha.
The Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator comes standard.
"We initially planned for a nine-month mission, which we are roughly at now, but we will continue to extend the mission as circumstances allow," Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre, the spacecraft's systems program director, said in a statement.Nine months is the length of time it takes to get to Mars...
We told them in 1947 that we'd return the bodies once we were capable.
Heh heh... I’ve tried to be discreet, but there are odd problems. That foil-like stuff? I tried to crumple it into a ball and hide it, but it kept flattening out and pushing the drawer open.
My, we are a beacon of hope today.
You sound like me.
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