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[AP via Yahoo] Top-secret space plane lands on California coast

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http://news.yahoo.com/sky-mystery-space-plane-why-190847322.html
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The plane spent nearly two years circling Earth on a classified mission. Known as the X-37B, it resembles a mini space shuttle.

The Air Force said it plans to launch the fourth X-37B mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida, next year.

The Air Force and Navy do a lot of scientific experimentation and I believe this instrument was used to do orbital defense experiments.
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This thing de-orbited and landed on a runaway all by itself... In my mind, that's pretty cool.




However, the Soviets apparently beat us to it, as they landed this unmanned thing on a runaway in 1988 tongue.gif

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I believe they were testing advanced avionics, especially automated ones. I also firmly believe that the craft was performing extremely high level recon work, as well as testing defense systems. Which would just be par for the course, and not a bad thing.

What they develop "up there", will eventually make its way "down here" for us to benefit from.
    
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^ If the soviet one is umanned are the windshields painted on? biggrin.gif
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I believe they were testing advanced avionics, especially automated ones. I also firmly believe that the craft was performing extremely high level recon work, as well as testing defense systems. Which would just be par for the course, and not a bad thing.

What they develop "up there", will eventually make its way "down here" for us to benefit from.

The space program has literally never ever given us anything ever literally. I mean, my flame retardant drywall in my house was certainly not due to NASA's developments of flame retardant materials. My strong windshield of my car is not thanks to NASA at all. The soles of my shoes were not developed by engineers working for NASA. And the doppler radar that my TV station used just now to help predict the 5 day forecast was NOT a result of NASA and the Air Force.
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The space program has literally never ever given us anything ever literally. I mean, my flame retardant drywall in my house was certainly not due to NASA's developments of flame retardant materials. My strong windshield of my car is not thanks to NASA at all. The soles of my shoes were not developed by engineers working for NASA. And the doppler radar that my TV station used just now to help predict the 5 day forecast was NOT a result of NASA and the Air Force.

I read the first sentence and my jaw dropped... But then I saw what you did there...
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The space program has literally never ever given us anything ever literally. I mean, my flame retardant drywall in my house was certainly not due to NASA's developments of flame retardant materials. My strong windshield of my car is not thanks to NASA at all. The soles of my shoes were not developed by engineers working for NASA. And the doppler radar that my TV station used just now to help predict the 5 day forecast was NOT a result of NASA and the Air Force.

Yea, I don't even understand why we give those jerks money at all. Space is stooooopid, why would we want to go there anyways? It's, like, dark and stuff.....what happens if you run out of batteries?!
    
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^ If the soviet one is umanned are the windshields painted on? biggrin.gif

It had an actual cockpit, it just wasn't finished during its first (and only) flight.
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Yea, I don't even understand why we give those jerks money at all. Space is stooooopid, why would we want to go there anyways? It's, like, dark and stuff.....what happens if you run out of batteries?!

I know; how dare they ask for more than a penny of my tax dollars to test a system that can warp space-time! I mean, there's never going to be practical need for that in hunting my deer and sipping a beer. rolleyes.gif

I'm curious where all the anti-military nuts are though considering this is an AF vehicle though.
     
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I know; how dare they ask for more than a penny of my tax dollars to test a system that can warp space-time! I mean, there's never going to be practical need for that in hunting my deer and sipping a beer. rolleyes.gif

I'm curious where all the anti-military nuts are though considering this is a sexy AF vehicle though.

Fixed that for you.

biggrin.gif

It just looks amazing, which is one cool thing about advanced technology. They always seem to make it look really awesome! See, I am easily pleased when it comes to Space related things....

  • Make it look awesome.
  • Make it fast.
  • Let me have a ride please.
    
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