posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 02:26 PM
It is basically a space "truck." If you want to take something up, it can do it. If you want to bring something down, it can do it. It likely has
enough space inside its payload bay to carry satellites, even ones large enough to have the need for IUS engines (to give satellites the ability to
launch themselves into much higher orbits.
There is a relative dearth of RCS thrusters, and the size of the single engine and fuel storage nearly precludes the idea of significant on-orbit
To my mind, this "space truck" would be similar to the introdcution of the Huey to the Army back in the Sixties. The UH-1 was a designated
"utility" helicopter. This meant that while not designed for a specific purpose, it has the ability to be adapted to a large number of roles,
depending on what the craft is being asked to do. That is why I would liken it to the Huey.
The Huey was created for helicopter evacuation of wounded and for the transport of supplies for the ground forces they were supporting. The UH-1's
wide body was to allow a standard NATO litter to fit across the width of the cargo area. The cargo doors slid way back to allow for the easiest
loading and unloading of the wounded. However, once this compact, sturdy, open-bay aircraft got into the inventory, the crews quickly realized how
easily it could be reconfigured for a whole host of missions. Load some supplies and its the utility aircraft it was designed to be. Exchange those
supplies for soldiers, and now you have a craft that can load up troops and get them to a sudden skirmish in a hurry. Hook up some M-60 machine guns
and they become a firing platform that can lay down a withering fire for close air support. Strap on some rocket pods to each side and now you have a
highly-mobile artillery platform. Give the pilots some night vision goggles and you can combine several elements into a night operations aircraft
that can reach most regional targets for ground attack, troops insertions, medical evacuations, re-supply missions, and could be transformed into as
many other types of mission-ready choppers as the ground crews could handle.
In a similar fashion, this spacecraft, that appears so bland on the outside, could be easily adapted to missions of transport, re-supply, evacuation
of the ISS or other manned space programs, whether known to the general public or not. They could have surveillance equipment loaded onto it and
became the greatest eye-in-the-sky system ever devised. Place conventional HE bombs aboard and it could rain a sudden "burst" of ground attack
weapons to virtually any location on the planet. Switch to particle beam accelerators, rail-guns, advanced laser emitters, or whatever flavor of
super-high-tech weapons you might imagine, and if the U.S. has it, that space system could be used to destroy anything from enemy tanks on the ground,
to enemy aircraft over any airspace you would choose, to low-Earth orbital satellites, to massive geo-synchronous satellites that could be used to
support any actions favorable to your enemy. Load nuclear warheads aboard and escalate your options for massive destruction. Aim those advanced
weapons systems into the blue skies over any enemy country and you could eliminate the possibility of that nation launching ballistic missiles toward
you country, or toward the lands of any allied nations. Tick us off and we simply remove the ballistic missile shield from your home, and we can
transform international political decision-making.
It may be a simple "space truck," but what all can you haul in an 18-wheeler?