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An unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission.
The spacecraft, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, conducted in-orbit experiments during the mission, officials said. It was the second such autonomous landing at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Originally posted by Numbers33four
reply to post by draco49
For a secret mission it certainly has received a lot of press. Hmmm.
From what I understand, this is basically a space drone.
I think it's a reminder that the US runs a parallel secret space program alongside of NASA.
It really makes me wonder just what they're doing with all this advanced technology.
They're certainly not sharing it with the public. I understand that they're not going to reveal the nature of the missions, but they could throw us bone since it's US tax dollars that are paying for all this sh|t.
What they really need to do is get out of this old tech business and actually push for some advancements . Looks like the space shuttle bought from a garage sale , and tweaked up .
We won't get anywhere with 1970's type thinking , and tech. No wonder we can barley get out of low earth orbit safely.
Originally posted by jd0Fengland
hopefully this being covered in the media is all part of the disclosure project every one keeps going on about. You can almost guarantee if there telling us this is what they have got then there is a'lot more they have and are not telling us about, they probably already have the next gen of this drone hidden away somewhere.
Originally posted by DJM8507It was an interesting read but I wonder how a large space station or even secret satellites would stay hidden in orbit as there are way too many astronomers world-wide that would see it. Are there possibly orbits that are hard to view on earth? the poles, etc? I suppose there could also be technologies that could cloak the stations/satellites as well.
Just wanted to share.edit on 17-6-2012 by DJM8507 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by Dizrael
There are websites out there where you can track pretty much every KNOWN satellite in orbit. There are a lot of people that put a lot of time into figuring out the orbit or satellites, and tracking them. If you're looking through a telescope and you see a satellite where there shouldn't be one, then you can figure out pretty quickly that you're looking at something that isn't well known, so it's probably a classified satellite put up there by someone.