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Originally posted by Aim64C
Honestly, though, they can just send the thing up there and put it on a 'holding' pattern (the orbit everyone knows about) and then wait for a satellite within the array to come due for service - take a jog over to it, then resume the holding pattern until it is necessary to re-enter and resupply. So, it doesn't even have to be a 'secret' satellite it ventured off to.
Originally posted by TimBrummer
It didn't actually disappear for two weeks, it make a big orbital angle change that's why it took the sky watchers so long to find it again. And it makes these changes aerodynamically using it's wings instead of with rocket motors like every other satellite does. The X-37 wings allow it to make major orbit changes using much less fuel than a normal satellite, it does this with a small re-entry burn to get down into the upper atmosphere, makes a hypersonic aerodynamic turn of up to 90 degrees, then does another small burn to boost back into orbit. That capability would allow it to be over any spot on earth in a short amount of time. It probably could do a half dozen major orbit changes like this before running out of fuel. On another thread they said it might have a laser weapon, and that is entirely possible. Why else would you make an expensive craft that could be over any spot on earth in 30 to 60 minutes unless it's to attack a target? Now you guys just need to figure out what runs the laser, the solar panel looks too small. Remember you heard it here first!!
Next, look at the landing gear of the real x-37.
Originally posted by Violater1
No secret her, but you can see a warning sign on one of the photos of the craft and it states,"Ammonia Vent."
Guess what that is for.
Robonaut 2 robot is very close to humans from the structure, with a human torso, head and arms, is a joint NASA and General Motors design, planning to complete the International Space Station to help astronauts work and maintenance tasks sporadic.