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Advanced Aircraft prototype that may be part of Space protection?

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posted on Sep, 30 2009 @ 11:00 AM
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Good day everyone

While looking at Nasa site today I spotted a piece on the X-15 !

www.nasa.gov...

what a fascinating craft for it's time. I never realized that in the 50s there were flights that reached over 300k feet and even achieving weightless state.

This is a craft that was launch via B52 and achieved Hypersonic speed (Mach 6+) the craft even provided very valuable data on atmosphere re entry!

I am really amazed that in the 50s the technology was so far ahead..... makes me really wonder where things are today and the possibility of a Space defense force or even where USA offensive forces fit into this picture.

I can only imagine what advances have been made since the 50s




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posted on Sep, 30 2009 @ 11:08 AM
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I find the the closing statement of the High altitude mission video very interesting as well... referring to the "Conquest of Space"!!!


Hmmmmmmm



posted on Sep, 30 2009 @ 12:23 PM
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the wing # is 66617, 666(8) to infinity. lawls. nasa = irony all over the place.



posted on Sep, 30 2009 @ 12:27 PM
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lol @ the name of the plane dam no better name.



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:34 AM
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Looking at an old thread, i had forgotten that the x15 pilots experienced mach 5 and weightlessness back then. The mystery plane is surely doing way more now... Very cool interactive mission profile link in OP



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:38 AM
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I have a feeling there are several platforms that can make it SSTO that are or have been operational in the US arsenal.



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:14 AM
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pardon my ignorance but wasn't that plane the first air-breather to leave the atmosphere or come close to it?



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:43 AM
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a reply to: TXRabbit


Walker piloted the X-15 to an altitude of 107.96 km and remained weightless for approximately five minutes. The altitude was the highest manned flight by a spaceplane to that time and remained the record until the 1981 flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. Walker landed the X-15 about 12 minutes after it was launched, at Rogers Dry Lake, Edwards Airforce Base, in California. This was Walker's final X-15 flight.


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The Kármán line, at 100 km (62 mi), or 1.57% of Earth's radius, is often used as the border between the atmosphere and outer space.


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Awesome. I wasn't aware.

ETA: I just realized I didn't answer your question. Not sure if I can. I would bet that no, this wasn't the first. Maybe the first successful. Might keep looking for a few minutes to see what I can find.
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I had to read it again, I think I answered your question, but I don't think I agree with the answer.
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posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:50 AM
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originally posted by: TXRabbit
pardon my ignorance but wasn't that plane the first air-breather to leave the atmosphere or come close to it?


It was a liquid rocket engine, so no. But also yes, they got their astronaut wings eventually.



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:59 AM
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Thanks guys



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 03:14 AM
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originally posted by: Perfect stranger I never realized that in the 50s there were flights that reached over 300k feet and even achieving weightless state.

This is a craft that was launch via B52 and achieved Hypersonic speed (Mach 6+) the craft even provided very valuable data on atmosphere re entry!

I am really amazed that in the 50s the technology was so far ahead..... makes me really wonder where things are today and the possibility of a Space defense force or even where USA offensive forces fit into this picture.

I can only imagine what advances have been made since the 50s


Think of the plans for the orbital X-15B, also from the 50's. Essentially an up-sized X-15 with room for a small payload and second crew-member.




posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:30 PM
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a reply to: _Del_

I haven't seen any documentation on? X-15b payload.... Was it planned to be a bomber?



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:35 PM
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posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:41 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Perfect stranger

The spaceplane that wasn't.


Have to admit the versions that required the pilots to ditch the plane an land by parachutes sounds like a death trap



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:49 PM
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a reply to: crazyewok

That was back when crazy was the new normal.



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 12:53 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Cool background piece,
Thanks for that



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 01:02 PM
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originally posted by: crazyewok

originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Perfect stranger

The spaceplane that wasn't.


Have to admit the versions that required the pilots to ditch the plane an land by parachutes sounds like a death trap


Theres crazy and then there is just pilot abuse



posted on Aug, 10 2014 @ 02:04 PM
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originally posted by: crazyewok

originally posted by: crazyewok

originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Perfect stranger

The spaceplane that wasn't.


Have to admit the versions that required the pilots to ditch the plane an land by parachutes sounds like a death trap


Theres crazy and then there is just pilot abuse


Pilots were a different breed then. They were mission orientated and dedicated to seeing the mission was a success. On a second thought, they are still the same!



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