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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, like satellites have no utility in your life? Come on... don't be silly, nasa pays big buck to researchers to devellop things that don't exist. Eventually the researches are also recycled for applications more mainstream. I doubt military technology will be shared althought.
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  • Make it look awesome.
  • Make it fast.
  • Let me have a ride please.

How good are you at resisting gees in a non-man rated launcher? xDDDDDD
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Is it a space plane or a shuttle?

Mmm not sure, I think shuttles need to carry people to be called that, and the X37 isnt a man rated spaceplane at all, nobody in their right mind would like to have a ride on that thing lol.

Check out the DreamChaser for an actual man rated spaceplane shuttle, such lame those guys didnt get the Nasa contract, would be so cool to see spaceplanes flying people to orbit again.


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Click-bait titling. If it really was top secret, none of us would know about it beyond rumors and leaks.

Yeah, plus amateur astronomers map this things orbit all the time so it cannot get up close to any other nations satellites without causing a ruckus. And remember China has anti-satellite tech that they would love to test on this thing if it got too close to one of there's.

But it is pretty cool, wonder how soon till the space station can just send out a drone to do repairs on satellites.
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It's top secret in that no one outside the people operating it really know what the intended purpose of the space plane is for.
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Check out the DreamChaser for an actual man rated spaceplane shuttle, such lame those guys didnt get the Nasa contract, would be so cool to see spaceplanes flying people to orbit again.

I think NASA's reasoning for choosing Boeing an SpaceX are... they get a company with decades of experience using tried and true technology and another, newer company that is still experimenting with new concepts but would yield good progress if it pays off. Basically, they are hedging their bets.

SNC's DreamChaser still has a future, though. ESA, JAXA and some private companies are interested in its use.
post #25 of 32
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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.

Man I was about to rip you up until I read further. Historically major technological advancement has always taken place during times of war. NASA has created the most technological advances outside warefare in human history and yet we cut it's funding but give more to the military. thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
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^ If the soviet one is umanned are the windshields painted on? biggrin.gif
If they were painted over, what would the monkeys look at?
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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.

You can say the same about war, everything we fight a major war new technology is developed out of desperation.
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post #28 of 32
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Yea, like satellites have no utility in your life? Come on... don't be silly, nasa pays big buck to researchers to devellop things that don't exist. Eventually the researches are also recycled for applications more mainstream. I doubt military technology will be shared althought.

I thought Thready was laying the sarcasm on way too thick but OCN never disappoints.
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It's top secret in that no one outside the people operating it really know what the intended purpose of the space plane is for.
I think NASA's reasoning for choosing Boeing an SpaceX are... they get a company with decades of experience using tried and true technology and another, newer company that is still experimenting with new concepts but would yield good progress if it pays off. Basically, they are hedging their bets.

SNC's DreamChaser still has a future, though. ESA, JAXA and some private companies are interested in its use.

I heard ESA got interested in it, also Roscosmos did, since they cancelled the Hermes project
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I thought Thready was laying the sarcasm on way too thick but OCN never disappoints.

This is gold
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