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Originally posted by circuitsports
first I'm sure the first test of the vehicles were done by high altitude drops from the voyager 2 ect.
nuclear design secrets including payload and ordinance would fall under the same agency - it's been referred to as a quick deploy nuke platform in the past and it would circumvent no nukes stationed in space
the ac vent is obvious the test craft is filled with shiploads of sensor, computers and other electrical equipment all operating in the direct sunlight of 100 degree + weather. They are going to do a ground systems check I'm sure.
[edit on 21-5-2010 by circuitsports]
Originally posted by Shadowhawk
It's a real shame that George dragged the X-37 into the Needles story, tying two completely unrelated things together. The witness said he didn't see any wings or horizontal surfaces like those on the X-37 type vehicle so it's pretty clear that's not what he saw, especially when you look at the flight history of the vehicle. The news media has sensationalized the so-called "secrecy" surrounding the X-37 but it has been pretty much in the open for years with the exception of some of the operational mission details.
The "turquoise glow" is what baffles me more than anything.
Maybe...maybe not reply to Springer:
Couldn't this "turquoise glow" have been a St Elmo's fire type of (relatively low temperature) plasma effect?
I can't see anything to exclude that option.
I also note the well referenced reports of aircraft surface low temperature plasma technology being developed to:
- Obfuscate & decrease radar detection as a “stealth” technology
- Decrease airframe drag which in turn decreases aircraft friction & the resulting airframe temperature problems, performance problems, etc...
Originally posted by sos37
Here's a pic of the X-37B:
And the X-40A, the sister ship:
Both certainly look cylindrical, though I wonder what would account for a "turquoise glow" when the thing is crashing.
Originally posted by nomadros
Well..if everyone is wondering about what the blue glow was and the "whatever" was scooped up by nuclear recovery types, you could presume that the blue glow was Cherenkov radation from the "whatever's" reactor core. All you need to generate this stuff is a reactor and a medium thicker than a vacuum where ions can travel faster than light speed in that medium.