Sadly, telemetry was lost 9 minutes into a planned 30 minute flight. I hope they at least got some useful data.
An adrift Intelsat satellite that stopped communicating with its ground controllers last month remains out of control and has begun moving eastward along the geostationary arc, raising the threat of interference with other satellites in its path, Intelsat and other industry officials said.
Originally posted by Springheel Jack
Perhaps the USAF launched the X-37 on a SAR mission to get the Falcon Hypersonic V-2 back before some other gov't gets a hold of it.
I just finished reading an article that implied that DARPA has pretty much said "Oh well, at least we got 9 minutes of telemetry, darn we we're lucky we got something!" Who cares about the cost.
How would the X-37B, which is in orbit, recover the HTV-2, which is sitting somewhere ocean floor? I don't understand.
Brian Weedon, a former Air Force officer now with the Secure World Foundation, a private group based in Superior, Colo., said the duration of the X-37B’s initial flight would probably depend on “how well it performs in orbit.” The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office leads the X-37B program for what it calls the “development and fielding of select Defense Department combat support and weapons systems.” Mr. Payton, a former astronaut and senior NASA official, has acknowledged that the spacecraft is ultimately meant to give the United States new advantages on terrestrial battlefields, but denies that it represents any kind of space weaponization.