X 37b Space Plane
December 3, 2010 by USA Post
X 37b Space Plane, They are at the limits of current technological capabilities of the United States, one is a test supposedly scrapped bed technology, the other a top secret space plane, which is currently in orbit – but made land soon. They are the X-aircraft, spacecraft that are experimental concepts and capabilities which began at the dawn of the space age.
It would appear from amateur observers on the ground that the secret U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane – will soon be landing. This prediction is based on the fact that the trade is declining in altitude and the more fundamental fact that it is almost at the limit of its capabilities orbitals and should return to the mainland. According to the U.S. Air Force, the X-37B can remain in orbit for about nine months or 270 days maximum, meaning that the craft had to land in mid-January.
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle or (OTV) took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 22, atop an Atlas V rocket not much is known after the launch because of a media blackout imposed by the U.S. Air Force.
The Air Force says nothing about the details surrounding the landing and recovery of the X-37B. It is known that the spacecraft will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
In many ways the machine resembles the shuttle with stubby wings, landing gear and a powerful engine that allows the device to change its orbit (to the chagrin of many observers on the ground). When the X-37B touch the ground, he will do a runway 15,000 feet long that had been built to support the shuttle program.
The X-37B is a quarter the size of the space shuttle. It is about 30 feet long and about 10 feet tall with a wingspan of 15 feet. He has a bunker like its larger cousin inhabited – but of course all that the payload for this mission – it was classified. The space plane was built by Boeing Phantom Works. It is operated from Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. Another launch of the craft can take place as early as this March.
Meanwhile, as the X-37B is ready to lead the hangar, another X-Craft seems to be reinvigorated. Two X-34 spacecraft, built by Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital), have been displaced from their warehouses at Dryden Flight Research Center at the National Test Pilot School located in the Mojave Desert in California. These craft technology demonstrator test bed will be inspected by the Contractor to NASA with the idea of flying them again.
The satellite is about 60 feet long, were put in mothballs in 2001. If their flight status is renewed they add to the growing fleet of robotic spacecraft that the U.S. seems to be building.
The job “X” have a long and rich history of American aviation and space exploration. One of the most famous airplanes of the X “- was the legendary X-15. None other than the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong flew in this program that has tested concepts that are then used in space shuttle. As the X-37B prepares to end its primary mission and the X-34 may be on the verge of a renaissance – can we be at the dawn of a new ‘X’-era? Only time will tell.
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