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Originally posted by pteridine
it could be a replacement for Blackbird/Aurora.
Apparently they are transferring the X-37B in the shroud from Titusville to the pad this morning. One of our NASA guys coming in this morning noticed quite a bit of commotion at the visitors center and noted that the spacecraft and shroud were stopped in the road near the visitors center. There were numerous fire trucks and firemen in the area. He later learned that the transporter system had a hydraulic failure which was not hardware threatening but we usually carry things to extremes out here so it turned into a big circus. Also because of the sensitivity of this payload security is very tight and breaking down in the road really upsets those guys too. I am glad I don't come in from that direction. When I came through HQ area I noticed they had two security vehicles blocking the exit from out of KSC towards Titusville.
Originally posted by IgnoreTheFacts
And no, this isn't a "replacement for aurora" or whatever, lol. That program was never real, as anything you could have wanted such a thing to do was already able to be handled by satellites cheaper and faster.
Originally posted by Vicious Jones
So the air force is launching secretive space planes, while it could very well be an innocent development, I always enjoy imagining something more sinister. Could it be the first developed military space plane? We could fight off some ufos . Honestly I don't quite know what to make of this one, mainly because not much is explained but I'm sure we could make our own theories. Interesting none the less.
(visit the link for the full news article)
[edit on 23-4-2010 by Vicious Jones]
Originally posted by JBA2848
Heres a video of its test landings from Edwards Air Force Base.
So secretive its on youtube. sshh!!! Its top secret.
RussiaToday — April 22, 2010 — A secret space plane that has been years in the making is now set to launch into the final frontier. The United States Air Force plans to launch the X37B orbital test vehicle tomorrow, to perform a series of tests. Is this the beginning of the United States going above and beyond in space exploration or the beginning of the militarization of space?
RussiaToday — April 23, 2010 — The U.S military has launched a new type of spacecraft into orbit from Cape Canaveral. The X37B is an unmanned platform that could be used as a weapon and a means to spy on potential threats. Former director of America's advanced space programmes, Robert Bowman, says the craft could help the U.S use Space for their own military gains....