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First Captive-Carry Flight for Darpa/Boeing X-37

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posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 09:43 AM
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The Darpa/Boeing X-37 has been carried aloft for the first time by the Scaled Composites 'White Knight" aircraft. One more captive test is to be carried out before the X-37 is dropped.




Taxi tests of the unmanned reusable launch vehicle technology demonstrator mated to White Knight started on May 5 (AW&ST June 6, p. 19). This version of the X-37 is an approach and landing test vehicle. In drop tests, the pair will take off from Scaled's Mojave, Calif., base and the X-37 will be released at about 35,000-40,000 ft., but it will touch down at nearby Edwards AFB, Calif., at the end of its gliding flights.

Darpa expects to conduct three drop tests to validate aerodynamic stability, structural integrity and autonomous operations in the approach and landing environment.

DARPA


[edit on 6/30/05 by FredT]




posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 10:25 AM
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I'm glad to see that they are moving forward with this. We will need something in the next ten years to replace the aging shuttles.


[edit on 30-6-2005 by WestPoint23]



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 10:37 AM
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i dont know if that thing has the payload of the shuttle



posted on Jun, 30 2005 @ 10:41 AM
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Here are some specs for the X-37

www.globalsecurity.org...



posted on Jul, 1 2005 @ 12:54 PM
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Nice find Fred! It's an intresting concept for a spacecraft.



posted on Jul, 7 2005 @ 05:37 AM
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The original idea was a bit different...





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