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The secret mission of the American unmanned spaceplane X-37B

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The secret mission of the American unmanned spaceplane X-37B
According to Rosbalt, the American unmanned space plane X-37B has been implementing a secret mission for more than a year in Earth orbit. It was originally planned that the flight of the spaceplane will last nine months.


As the representative of the US Air Force Lt. Col. Tom McIntyre said, the Americans are satisfied with the results of the experiment. The spaceplane program, as noted by McIntyre, helps set standards for reusable spaceplanes (Vesta information).

It is not known what time the device will remain in near-earth orbit. The lieutenant colonel did not clarify this, but only announced that the mission of the spaceplane would be completed once all the goals had been achieved.

The American lieutenant colonel refused to reveal the tasks that the secret "missionary" was solving. Information about devices that are installed on board the X-37B was previously classified by the Pentagon.

According to the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, many experts see in the American apparatus a prototype of a space interceptor, which, if necessary, will be able to disable satellites, or even launch air strikes from the Earth's orbit.

The X-37B orbiter was launched exactly a year ago - 5 in March 2011 from the launch site at Cape Canaveral. The first such device was launched by the Americans into space in the spring of 2010 and spent 9 months in orbit, and then landed in California.

Commenting on that flight, the representatives of the United States Air Force stated only that this is a colossal achievement, proving the ability of the United States to successfully deduce and return orbiters.

According to reports, the beginning of the new mission of the device is scheduled for the autumn of this year.

Recall that the X-37B is an unmanned orbital aircraft, created by Boeing. The device was developed, as indicated in various media, to test future technologies of launch into orbit and then descent into the earth's atmosphere. X-37B was launched as a joint project of NASA and Boeing, but after a while it was given to the US Air Force. As a result, the tasks of the X-Series aircraft were classified. On the basis of secrecy, there were also suspicions that the American X-program was nothing more than an episode of "star wars", consisting in the attempt of the United States to implement a new missile defense system.
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  1. Juga
    Juga 10 March 2012 13: 06 New
    0
    Dangling an entire year in orbit ...
    Maybe just the connection is lost with the device? smile
    1. Khabarov
      Khabarov 10 March 2012 13: 21 New
      +12
      He does not hang out, but flies performing the test program. This is not Phobos and is experiencing, I think, not nano-bulbs.
      1. Juga
        Juga 10 March 2012 13: 23 New
        -1
        Touched by the living, working at NASA?
        The level of access to the secret infa, inaccessible to us, forum users, do you have?
      2. Krilion
        Krilion 10 March 2012 17: 54 New
        -2
        Quote: Khabarov
        He does not hang out, but flies performing the test program. This is not Phobos and is experiencing, I think, not nano-bulbs.

        are you so aware of what he’s doing there, or just decided to take a move? ... the device really flies somewhere for a year, it’s quite possible that the amers themselves don’t know where he is, but they make smart faces for a show-off ... no one can check anyway. ..
        1. ZHORA
          ZHORA 11 March 2012 08: 38 New
          +2
          The Americans are doing things, and the Chinese are doing the same for them all in this direction, moreover, successfully ... but the patreots only have to dream about other people's failures, because they have nothing to be proud of ...
        2. VIKING
          VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 20 New
          -1
          Quote: Krilion
          ... the device really flies for a year somewhere, it is quite possible that the amers themselves do not know where he is, but they make smart faces for a show off ... anyway, no one can check ...


          Quote: Juha
          Touched by the living, working at NASA?
          The level of access to the secret infa, inaccessible to us, forum users, do you have?



          Quote: Juha
          Dangling an entire year in orbit ...
          Maybe just the connection is lost with the device?


          What, the toad presses? wassat Abydna, huh? - it works for them, but for you - well ... pa. laughing
          1. Juga
            Juga 11 March 2012 11: 38 New
            -1
            What are you projecting your complexes on people? If you are happy with a dead neighbor's cow, this is your personal problem.
            From what post does “toad” penetrate me, or did I strain the perception of the printed text?
            An assumption was made, based on the available data, in the plans for nine months. summer, but by the end of the year and the end is not visible ...
            Dangling an entire year in orbit ...
            Maybe just the connection is lost with the device?


            Then NASA fans categorically declare that it should be so:

            Quote: Khabarov
            He does not hang out, but flies performing the test program


            Whence infa, I ask:

            The level of access to the secret infa, inaccessible to us, forum users, do you have?


            and then the flow of feces and minuses begins:

            Quote: Khabarov
            This is not Phobos and is experiencing, I think, not nano-bulbs

            Quote: JORA
            but patreotam only dream of other people's failures

            Quote: VIKING
            Abydna, huh? - it works for them, but for you - well ... pa


            And where is my gloating, I see yours plainly ...
    2. domokl
      domokl 10 March 2012 13: 46 New
      +13
      This spaceplane will still squeeze our nerves ... So we need to revive the Buran program ... Such machines can deliver a lot of trouble to satellites and spaceships ...
      1. Juga
        Juga 10 March 2012 13: 57 New
        +6
        I agree that underestimating the enemy is fraught with consequences.
        But as a countermeasure, I think it will be easier and faster to bring to mind the promised S-500 than to raise our Buran, although one does not interfere with the other ...
        There can not be too many good things, especially with such peace-loving "partners."
        1. domokl
          domokl 10 March 2012 14: 04 New
          +10
          laughing Here is the typical wasteful nature of our people .. C-500, C-600 and more .. What for the ass of the slaughterhouse? It’s easier to launch a few rockets with nails .. pour them out there in space and that's it .. everything flies off .. True, ours too. ... lol The economy must be economical ... laughing
          1. Juga
            Juga 10 March 2012 14: 09 New
            0
            Yes, I remember such a topic that in orbit against the "bucket of nuts" there is no protection. winked Such an "asymmetric and inexpensive" answer, but only near-Earth space is a pity ...
          2. Nachkar237
            Nachkar237 10 March 2012 14: 12 New
            +2
            Slogans from the time of Comrade Khrushchev rule wassat
          3. Neighbor
            Neighbor 10 March 2012 15: 42 New
            -1
            Better metal balls. It seems that in the USSR there was even such a plan - in case of war in space with the Americans. S-500 is also a topic. Yes, and our interceptor aircraft - like the Mig-35 - can also shoot down vehicles - flying in near-Earth space.
            And so yes - sorry for our Buran. Gorbach - ........ love .........!
            1. smile
              smile 10 March 2012 16: 07 New
              +8
              Neighbor
              Unfortunately, only satellites in the lowest orbits can get Migi ... And we cut off our programs of this kind ... I generally care about the question - are we able to create something like this now ... After all, even Buran was made the whole Union ..A part of the technology has been lost ... It's a shame
              1. VIKING
                VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 26 New
                0
                Quote: smile
                Unfortunately, only satellites in the lowest orbits can get Migi ...

                No, they can’t! All this "Mitya Tales" - "twinks" can get it! wassat wassat
                ...do not make me laugh! By God ... fool
            2. VIKING
              VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 23 New
              0
              Quote: Neighbor
              our interceptor aircraft - like the Mig-35 - can also shoot down vehicles - flying in near-Earth space.

              Oh really? wassat You haven’t misled anything, huh? fool
      2. UAZ Patriot
        UAZ Patriot 10 March 2012 17: 38 New
        +7
        this is true ... as always we were the first, but weave the last, and why? ... and all because the major’s son cannot become a general — be he even brilliant at least three times. And to become a stupid general (For example, Makarov or my fellow dvoeshnik), O son of the general. So in science and in design bureau. And now + corruption. In short, I suggest that all those guilty and those not guilty be built along the Kremlin wall and, upon completion of the USE, be asked to dig up an honorary trench. Or try to dump for good and the faster the better !!!! Mommy’s milk is good at sucking for nothing; ignoramuses are stupid !!!
      3. slas
        slas 10 March 2012 21: 15 New
        +2
        for example, this program
        1. Juga
          Juga 11 March 2012 14: 23 New
          +2
          In terms of military space technology, I prefer the Skif project, the creation of heavy combat orbital stations with laser weapons.
          The launch of the prototype - Skif-DM station (D - demonstration, M - prototype), also known as the "Pole", was carried out in 1987.


          Length - almost 37 m, diameter up to 4,1 m, weight about 80 tons.

          For such things, and, of course, for Buran, the Energia launch vehicle was created ...
      4. ZHORA
        ZHORA 11 March 2012 08: 46 New
        +2
        The Buran stub branch, except for the automated control system (at that time), there was nothing breakthrough there, created in response to the shuttle so that it was ... but if the shuttle used its own engines repeatedly to put significant loads into orbit (only helped it a bit during the launch stage cheap solid propellant boosters) then it’s generally not clear how they were used in the buran (to adjust the planning when they returned back, they really helped) because the snowstorm clung to a full-fledged superheavy rocket Energy which is not cheap I, one-time and without a snowstorm, could have thrown a larger payload into orbit ... So, people who abandoned the project in vain in the cosmic area are smarter and more professional than shkolota at the forum ...
      5. Hippopotamus
        Hippopotamus 11 March 2012 09: 10 New
        -2
        Thoughts are reading, domokl! Not only to revive, but to develop “Buran 2.0” on the basis of a magnificent ship. With the ability to carry thermonuclear weapons.
      6. PabloMsk
        PabloMsk 11 March 2012 11: 00 New
        0
        Come on at your expense and revive :)
        Tea is not poorer ..?!
        1. Hippopotamus
          Hippopotamus 12 March 2012 04: 22 New
          0
          Come on at your expense and revive


          So far, at my expense (including) you are washed and fed with hay.
          And if you insist, let's start with a personal meeting! laughing
    3. VAF
      VAF 10 March 2012 13: 50 New
      +10
      This news, to our great regret, is no longer news, but real reality!

      Since this is the second such device in the possession of the US Air Force Space Command. The first was tested in 2010. He spent 225 days in space. His entire flight and landing in California took place automatically.

      X-37B has a take-off weight of almost 5 tons, reaches 8,9 m in length, 2,9 m in height. The span of its small triangular wings is 4,5 m. The device is equipped with solar panels.

      According to the Pentagon, the spaceplane is designed to operate at altitudes from 200 to 750 km, is able to quickly change orbits and maneuver, can perform reconnaissance tasks, deliver small loads to space, and is convenient for testing new instruments that can be used, for example, on spy satellites .

      A number of experts see the X-37B as a prototype of a future space interceptor, which, if necessary, can disable satellites, and possibly launch missile and bomb strikes from orbit.

      "We are very pleased with the results of the ongoing experiment," US Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Tom MacIntyre told reporters on Thursday. "The X-37B program helps set standards for reusable space planes."
      According to McIntyre, "the start of the next X-37B mission is scheduled for the fall of 2012."
      In the photo, the launch of the X-37V
      1. 755962
        755962 10 March 2012 16: 54 New
        +3
        The purpose of this device is to test technologies for the future space interceptor, which allows inspecting other people's space objects and, if necessary, disabling them with kinetic effects. This purpose of the device is fully consistent with the document "US National Space Policy" of 2006, proclaiming the right of the United States to partially extend national sovereignty to outer space.
    4. Regularis
      Regularis 10 March 2012 16: 52 New
      -1
      Quote: Juha
      Dangling an entire year in orbit ...
      Maybe just the connection is lost with the device?

      1. Foamas
        Foamas 10 March 2012 19: 42 New
        0
        That’s why this thoughtful picture in the topic about the X-37B?!?
        On the topic, the device’s orbit is non-standard for reconnaissance missions, it does not pass over the territory of Russia at all, is close to equatorial (maximum falls to China).
        On Real Time SATELLITE TRACKING (object marked as OTV2 USS226 ), you can watch online.
        http://www.n2yo.com/?s=37375
        1. Kremlin
          Kremlin 10 March 2012 20: 50 New
          0
          Quote: FoMaS
          That's why this thoughtful picture in the topic about the X-37B?!?

          both can fly ... laughing
  2. lars
    lars 10 March 2012 13: 08 New
    0
    How similar to the “Buran”!
    And how they threw it into orbit, there are no shuttles, or how ...
    1. plotnikov561956
      plotnikov561956 10 March 2012 13: 21 New
      +4
      Quote: lars
      And how they threw it into orbit, there are no shuttles, or how ..

      Amers have the RN "Saturn"
    2. Chicot 1
      Chicot 1 10 March 2012 13: 23 New
      +2
      Rather, it’s on the Bor (its models flew into space). And there is something in common with Khotol (the British had such a project in the early to mid-1980s, which remained on paper) ...
    3. domokl
      domokl 10 March 2012 14: 06 New
      +1
      Quote: lars
      And how it was thrown into orbit, the shuttles are gone, or whatever.
      The carriers remained ... the program was closed and the rockets remained, so there are just no problems in delivery ... But the spaceplane itself is an unmanned reusable ship ...
  3. ward
    ward 10 March 2012 13: 08 New
    -2
    Most likely ... The information war however ...
  4. in4ser
    in4ser 10 March 2012 13: 13 New
    0
    maybe under the guise of an experiment on a planet watching nuclear weapons from orbit?
    Under Stalin, did they develop this program?
  5. Chicot 1
    Chicot 1 10 March 2012 13: 18 New
    +7
    The orbital interceptor in the PRO system - this is already becoming more than interesting. Just like an orbital bomber ...

    PS The last time, when American comrades decided to conduct suspicious experiments with their shuttles (at that time still manned) like the so-called "diving into the atmosphere" to a height of 80 keme, then it ended badly for them ...
    1. plotnikov561956
      plotnikov561956 11 March 2012 11: 31 New
      0
      Quote: Chicot 1
      type of so-called "diving into the atmosphere" to a height of 80 keme, then it ended badly for them ...

      I recall a similar moment, the crew walked away from the pill for XNUMX hours, the equipment must also be assumed to have a boost of vigor
      1. Juga
        Juga 11 March 2012 13: 43 New
        +1
        Does this mean this case?

        - October 1984, 10 - the 5N26 / LE-1 laser locator measured the parameters of the target, the Challenger reusable spacecraft (USA). In the fall of 1983, Marshal of the Soviet Union D.F.Ustinov suggested that the commander of the ABM and PKO troops, Yu.Votintsev, use a laser system to accompany the shuttle. At that time, a team of 300 specialists carried out improvements at the complex. This was reported by Yu.Votintsev to the Minister of Defense. On October 10, 1984, during the 13th flight of the Challenger shuttle (USA), when its orbits were in orbit near the Sary-Shagan test site, the experiment took place when the laser unit was in detection mode with minimal radiation power. The orbit of the ship at that time was 365 km, the oblique range of detection and tracking was 400-800 km. The exact target designation of the laser system was issued by the Argun radar measuring complex.

        As the Challenger crew later reported, when flying over the Balkhash area on the ship, the communication suddenly disconnected, equipment malfunctions occurred, and the astronauts themselves felt unwell. The Americans began to understand. Soon they realized that the crew was subjected to some kind of artificial influence from the USSR, and they formally protested. Based on humane considerations, in the future, the laser installation, and even a part of the radio engineering complexes of the landfill, which have a high energy potential, were not used to accompany the Shuttles. In August 1989, a part of a laser system designed to point a laser at an object was shown to the American delegation.


        http://topwar.ru/9918-programma-terra-3-kompleks-5n76.html
    2. VIKING
      VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 34 New
      0
      Quote: Chicot 1
      The last time, when American comrades decided to conduct suspicious experiments with their shuttles (at that time still manned) like the so-called "diving into the atmosphere" to a height of 80 keme, then it ended badly for them ...

      Do not enlighten, how did it end badly?
  6. ilichstar
    ilichstar 10 March 2012 13: 23 New
    -1
    and we, as usual ... in flight ... although a snowstorm 20 years ago, it could do ..
    1. Roman A
      Roman A 10 March 2012 13: 31 New
      +5
      Gorbi killed the storm and now they call it breakouts
      were Gorbachev and Khrushchev long after them will be paid
    2. plotnikov561956
      plotnikov561956 10 March 2012 14: 08 New
      +6
      Thanks to Gorbachev for the ruined Buran (program is closed! 990g
      Length - 36,4 m,
      Wingspan - about 24 m,
      The height of the ship when it stands on the chassis is more than 16 m,
      Starting weight - 105 tons.
      The cargo compartment holds payload weighing up to 30 tons during take-off, up to 20 tons during landing.
    3. mehanoid
      mehanoid 10 March 2012 15: 00 New
      +3
      not really Buran. In more detail http://rutube.ru/tracks/3151001.html
  7. Igorboss16
    Igorboss16 10 March 2012 13: 27 New
    +8
    Promising development rather offensive in nature and no pro will get well, except of course if we have time
  8. mechanic33
    mechanic33 10 March 2012 13: 29 New
    +2
    “Freedom of action in space is as important to the US as power in the air and power at sea,” the Washington Post quoted the Presidential Directive on changing US policy in space.
    The document declares outer space “critically important for its national interests,” according to which the United States “will retain the right, opportunity and freedom of action in outer space, take the actions necessary to protect its space potential, respond to interference, and also if necessary, deprive opponents of the opportunity to use their space potential that is hostile to US national interests».

    Interestingly, the new US doctrine was signed by the president just a few days after China tried to “dazzle” the sensory systems of American intelligence satellites with powerful laser beams. By the way, this fact is the main trump card of the supporters of the new doctrine. “The military must protect our private civilian companions,” said Heritage Foundation analyst Baker Spring.

    http://www.jaroslaff.net/modules.php?name=News&file=view&news_id=5661
    1. mechanic33
      mechanic33 10 March 2012 13: 56 New
      0
      For decades, the UN has been trying to lobby the idea of ​​banning the militarization of outer space, and only the United States does not like such a convention. We either persistently abstain from voting, or, as happened at the previous vote, we vote “against”. 160 countries spoke in favor of starting discussions on banning the deployment of weapons in space, the United States voted “against”, and Israel abstained.

      Source - http://art.thelib.ru/science/researches/militarizaciya_kosmosa.html#ixzz1ohqtNgZ
      3

      excerpt from an interview with Theresa Hitchens \ Theresa Hitchens, director of the Center for Defense Information, specializes in space research.
  9. denkastro
    denkastro 10 March 2012 13: 30 New
    +4
    As far as I remember, the S-500 will have to hit such targets as well.
    1. andrklimanov
      andrklimanov 10 March 2012 15: 44 New
      +3
      Quote: veteran.air force
      for functioning at altitudes from 200 to 750 km

      s500 range of missiles 600 km 150 km does not overlap if the satellite is exactly above C 500 and take into account the offset?
      I'm not a pessimist BUT I must admit that at a distance of 750 km they can’t get them from the Earth, we need the same devices, but we don’t have them yet recourse
      if I’m wrong (I would very much like to), then correct
  10. Narkom
    Narkom 10 March 2012 13: 56 New
    +1
    Rather, they can’t plant him, the mission was designed for a month, and he hangs out for more than a year and ... where does he get energy?
    1. Juga
      Juga 10 March 2012 15: 16 New
      -2
      By the way, yes, off-site refueling in orbit?
      Yes, and solar panels are not visible on it, is it a nuclear reactor that feeds this miracle?
      If so, then a rather dangerous thing in case of emergency situations on takeoff and landing
    2. andrklimanov
      andrklimanov 10 March 2012 15: 34 New
      +8
      Quote: Narkom
      where does he take energy?

      solar panels
      Quote: Narkom
      was designed for a month, and he hangs for more than a year

      It was planned for 9 months and not for 1. It can fly and more than planned. TESTS are possible with the use of some new developments
      however that may be, we will not get better from this news.
      1. Narkom
        Narkom 10 March 2012 16: 56 New
        -3
        Well, he doesn’t have solar batteries ...
        1. Juga
          Juga 10 March 2012 17: 39 New
          +3
          Judging by a couple of articles, it turns out he has batteries - folding.

          For power in orbit, he used solar panels, which, in theory, could allow him to be autonomously located in near-Earth space for 270 days.


    3. VIKING
      VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 41 New
      0
      Quote: Narkom
      Rather, they can’t plant him,

      Oh, I ask you ... do not dream such stupid things. All of them can ...
      Quote: Narkom
      the mission was designed for a month, and he hangs out for more than a year and... where does he get energy?

      And where do other spacecraft flying around Zelia take energy? Where do spacecraft sent to deep space take energy? ... like Voyager?
  11. perryiht
    perryiht 10 March 2012 14: 08 New
    -1
    Finding such an apparatus in orbit is really pointless if it does not know how to transform into a satellite, and then back. The Buran is certainly promising: it’s bigger, more load-carrying, and it automatically sat down with astonishing accuracy. The main question is why do you need the same Buran hanging in orbit so much time?
    1. VIKING
      VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 45 New
      0
      Quote: perryiht
      Finding such an apparatus in orbit is really meaningless,

      Following your logic, the very existence of Man on Earth is pointless .... laughing
  12. suharev - 52
    suharev - 52 10 March 2012 14: 10 New
    0
    This once again convinces me that, under the current leadership, Russia is an obedient dog on a leash. But who has the other end of the leash is the big question? I will not be surprised if information appears that partly in this project our technologies are also used. It is not in vain that in the late eighties the amers so zealously climbed all over our defense industry. And taking advantage of the lack of money we bought promising developments for a penny. We urgently need to put into orbit what is in the bosom. And ahead of amers, or at least adequately respond. What a pity there is no USSR? Sincerely.
  13. Dmitry.V
    Dmitry.V 10 March 2012 14: 12 New
    0
    I looked about him for a long time, if it is still test memory, then they will put nuclear weapons on it or something worse and will circle the planet, I think it’s more attention that it’s clear that the largest country, or rather its European part.
  14. baton140105
    baton140105 10 March 2012 14: 35 New
    -2
    will it really not even get MIG - 31 if that?
    1. Juga
      Juga 10 March 2012 14: 56 New
      +5
      veteran.air force,
      According to the Pentagon, the spaceplane is designed to operate at altitudes from 200 to 750 km

      High for MIG ...
      Practical ceiling, m 20600
    2. VIKING
      VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 48 New
      0
      Quote: baton140105
      will it really not even get MIG - 31 if that?

      No need to ascribe mythical possibilities to this plane ... I’ll tell you frankly - IT WILL NOT!
  15. nokki
    nokki 10 March 2012 14: 43 New
    +2
    Most likely, they will use (or are already using!) Similar devices as nuclear weapons to launch an unpunished strike on Russia. IMHO.
    1. plotnikov561956
      plotnikov561956 10 March 2012 19: 09 New
      +4
      Quote: nokki
      such devices as nuclear weapons carriers for delivering an unpunished strike on Russia. IMHO.

      What kind of unpunished strike can we talk about ...? One drone wrote off the nuclear forces of Russia .. We. Are going to wait when they deploy hundreds of them in space. There are a lot of fairly cheap answers devaluing such moments
  16. Nymp
    Nymp 10 March 2012 14: 47 New
    +4
    Once the Union bought into a fairy tale about Star Wars and a crazy waste of energy, manpower and funds began for dubious projects that the USSR could not pull, and most importantly, a false vector of military strategy was set. Maybe we are once again trying to push, with a start, the release of colossal funds into the wind ?! While we have a simple and effective remedy for these horror stories. The fact that the United States reached its peak in the production of shuttles flag in their hands!
  17. Juga
    Juga 10 March 2012 14: 55 New
    0
    veteran.air force,
    According to the Pentagon, the spaceplane is designed to operate at altitudes from 200 to 750 km

    High for MIG ...
  18. bereg
    bereg 10 March 2012 15: 18 New
    0
    Personally, my opinion about this device, 1) it is there for target designation of their anti-missiles + tracking satellites 2) can not return 3) PR
    1. 755962
      755962 10 March 2012 16: 58 New
      +1
      Spaceflight Magazine reports that the U.S. X-37B, an unmanned reusable orbiter, is possibly conducting intelligence activities against China. The device was launched into space in March last year and is still in orbit.

      The Pentagon refuses to discuss the X-37B mission, but amateur astronomical observations show that its orbit around the Earth is almost the same as the prototype of the base segment of the Chinese orbital station Tiangong (Tiangong - "Sky Palace"). There is an assumption that the X-37B is "listening" to the Chinese station.

      “The X-37B is designed for space reconnaissance and equipped with a set of the latest sensors, because we believe that it can be used to closely monitor the emerging Chinese orbital station,” said journal editor Dr. David Baker.
  19. basal
    basal 10 March 2012 15: 36 New
    +3
    I do not understand something. Amer experience an unmanned shuttle, covering the manned program. What for? Like a space interceptor - not even funny. Why would he sit on the ground? Reload the machine gun and continue to attack? Complete nonsense. As a scout - also not suitable. Everything spoils the expensive landing system. Why is she needed? That is, the device must take off, stock up on something in space and bring it something home. So what can be delivered from space? Someone's satellite? It is reasonable, only the apparatus is too small, it is unlikely that it is capable of grabbing a large satellite.
    In a word, some questions. The thought creeps in that the amers walk on the last, but famously ... Maybe I'm wrong.
    1. Per se.
      Per se. 10 March 2012 17: 06 New
      +2
      Why, and why now drones come to aviation more and more? Unlike the usual satellites, this device can maneuver, being a reusable and universal system, cheaper and easier than manned shuttles. Golden words were said earlier that who controls the cosmos controls the whole world. The appearance in orbit of squadrons of such space robots is not at all ridiculous for us, and we won’t laugh it off with a bucket of rusty nails, we need to scratch our turnips for a more serious presence of Russia in space.
      1. mind1954
        mind1954 11 March 2012 01: 19 New
        -2
        Trends are visible!
        Talk about remotely controlled fighters, as
        earlier, with some sort of maneuvering, the wings of the airplane fell off,
        and now such overloads have become possible that man
        can't stand it ?!
        The other day showed a Japanese android with feedback:
        you see it with your eyes, you feel it with your hands ...?!

        Even Belarusians have developed a remotely controlled
        BELAZ dump truck!
        They kept the entire electronic industry,
        and we destroyed everything!
      2. basal
        basal 11 March 2012 20: 34 New
        +1
        And where does the aviation? Feel the difference between atmospheric and space flight. In fact, in space, except for the ISS, only drones fly. By the way, the shuttle program was burned out at its high cost. So I repeat the question - well, why do the staff need this device?
    2. modron
      modron 10 March 2012 21: 12 New
      0
      Well, the French at the beginning of World War II also thought that the new tanks were complete nonsense, and they had good defense ... As a result, the Nazis pulled everyone in France and the British (pioneers in the field of tank building), stole the idea of ​​De Gaulle, which was apalny at that time. Amer stole the idea of ​​Buran improved and now use it to its fullest. Today one flies, one hundred tomorrow, and then our phobos soils packs fall for some reason.
      1. VIKING
        VIKING 11 March 2012 11: 53 New
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        Quote: modron
        Amer stole the idea of ​​Buran improved and now use it to its fullest.

        Respected! You carry complete nonsense, if not ruder! am It was the USSR that stole the idea of ​​"Shuttle" from the States! am Learn the history of astronautics, young man! fool
  20. sergo0000
    sergo0000 10 March 2012 16: 55 New
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    In the program "Military Secret" in 2011 they talked about this miracle apparatus, but about nothing. Something like taking on board nuclear weapons. And it is already circling Moscow and there is no escape from it. I tried to find the info on the internet, yes as the name did not know. Very little is known about it.
    1. Igorboss16
      Igorboss16 10 March 2012 17: 03 New
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      If you still dare to launch this spacecraft with nuclear weapons, then they will automatically violate the START Treaty of 1983 and we just have to launch the R-36orb only before that they had no successful programs
  21. predator
    predator 10 March 2012 17: 16 New
    +1
    The purposes for which the US Air Force is going to use an orbital aircraft were not disclosed. According to the official version, its main function will be the delivery of goods into orbit. Other versions of the X-37 will be used for reconnaissance purposes. [7] According to historian A. B. Shirokorad, the above assumptions are untenable (due to economic inexpediency), and the most plausible purpose of this device is to run technologies for the future space interceptor, which allows inspecting other people's space objects and, if necessary, disabling them with kinetic effects. This purpose of the device is fully consistent with the document "US National Space Policy" 2006, proclaiming the right of the United States to partially extend national sovereignty to outer space. [8]

    Representatives of the US Air Force said that the X-37B is designed for a maximum stay in space for 270 days.
    [edit]
    The performance characteristics [9]
    Crew: None
    Length: 8,38 m
    Wingspan: 4,6 m
    Height: 2,9 m
    Take-off Weight: 4 kg (989 pounds) [11]
    Engines: 1 Rockettine AR-2/3
    Payload weight: 900 kg [source not specified 685 days]
  22. oleg-sochi68
    oleg-sochi68 10 March 2012 17: 19 New
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    sergo0000 WRITTEN CORRECTLY. I WATCHED THE TRANSFER ABOUT THIS UNIT. It was specifically explained what it was intended for - missile control, destruction of satellites and nuclear strikes. I have not seen the development of the topic anywhere else. I can’t judge the reliability of the information, maybe just Amer’s order. Something they quickly and suddenly so immediately put him into orbit and announced such a wide range of tasks performed, confirmed experimentally.
  23. azgard
    azgard 10 March 2012 18: 07 New
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    oh damn, our snowstorm was sorry for standing up in the hangar and was not useful to anyone ... which was created in 88 ... by how many amers in space we were ahead of those years ... 20 years for sure ...
    1. VIKING
      VIKING 11 March 2012 12: 01 New
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      Quote: azgard
      oh damn, our snowstorm was sorry for standing up in the hangar and was not useful to anyone ... which was created in 88 ... by how many amers in space we were ahead of those years ... 20 years for sure ...

      Buran flew before the Shuttle? ... for 20 years !? wassat Dear, are you smoking? laughing
  24. suomi
    suomi 10 March 2012 19: 09 New
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    I hope that the flights of this contraption are not unrelated to the fact that not completely mentally healthy people (mainly schoolchildren) commit suicide, others climb into fountains and telephone booths, yell in the squares. And if you look deeper, then they overthrow the government.
    If you look at the cases of suicides that are reported in the press, then this is Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Tagil. Interesting.
  25. viruskvartirus
    viruskvartirus 10 March 2012 19: 10 New
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    Yes .... this is success p ..... th .... I think they’ll have to suspend a lot of projects in order to save .... I wonder if the clipper project will develop ...
  26. mixailval
    mixailval 10 March 2012 19: 44 New
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    This is all a cheap pontoon of the Pentagon, as at the time of the SDI.
    This device is a toy.
  27. vasek-3180
    vasek-3180 10 March 2012 19: 50 New
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    unmanned ship, but what's new, they forgot to say ?! laughing
  28. maksim
    maksim 10 March 2012 20: 19 New
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    ... a colossal achievement proving the ability of the United States to successfully withdraw and return orbital vehicles .--- and before that, what did they do in the space shutle program?
  29. ward
    ward 10 March 2012 21: 15 New
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    The fighter must maneuver ... Nobody canceled the physics, the working fluid with such parameters will not be enough ... Most likely, just big ears with the return function ... sat down, the maintenance was carried out again, otherwise the satellites are a one-time thing ... Energy on isotopic batteries ... And what about China ... So no one stopped the space program, and there they started a lot of wonderful things ..
    1. viruskvartirus
      viruskvartirus 10 March 2012 21: 25 New
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      Yes, you're right, you can scream at least a thousand times about achievement, and a space fighter from this thing will not work ...
  30. denkastro
    denkastro 10 March 2012 23: 25 New
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    It’s futile to shoot down satellites with this thing, because there are a lot of them (satellites). But what the uses do not know how to do now is to drive into space and vice versa like ours. If you don’t twist, only we can fly into space and it’s very annoying to them. Here they’re driven into what ours showed on Buran. For all their superpower, they don’t have a deep understanding of the things that are in our specialists, because they perceive the world created only for them. Therefore, they quickly They come up with how to apply the invention for profit, but they cannot invent. IMHO.
  31. spok
    spok 10 March 2012 23: 29 New
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    or maybe you need to eliminate the problem of creating nuclear weapons means of destruction of their own kind
  32. Novosibirsky
    Novosibirsky 11 March 2012 00: 06 New
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    I do not like this "bird" ...
    How many megatons can she bring in her beak ?! "Dive" from space into the atmosphere somewhere above the "Nerezinova"! And that’s all! Fast MorX, for 11 629 116 people ...
  33. mind1954
    mind1954 11 March 2012 00: 58 New
    +1
    While we do transport services, they do
    progress for yourself! And we still have Lozinsky as part of the project
    Burana developed a similar shuttle to launch from an airplane ....?

    Here, someone at the top is very diligently ruining production
    civil aviation and creates extraordinary
    preferences to the Boeing company on our land.
    Apparently, someone has a whole wagon of Boeing shares.

    Recently, citizen Putin was at the Voronezh Aircraft Plant.
    So there, just had time to hint that they are going to restore
    the production of RUSLANA, as he immediately screwed up:
    "TOGETHER WITH THE BOEING FIRM" "??? !!!

    What command do you think after that ?!
    Come on, hallelujahs! Explain the fool!
    1. Reks
      Reks 11 March 2012 01: 13 New
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      Quote: mind1954
      Here, someone at the top is very diligently ruining production
      civil aviation and creates extraordinary
      preferences to the Boeing company on our land.
      Apparently, someone has a whole wagon of Boeing shares.

      I agree with this. Looking through the forums of (3pcs-main) flyers, I clearly saw the lobbying and pushing of "Watermelons" (airbass) and "bobiks" (Boeing) .. with absolute spit and mockery of everything domestic.
      1. askort154
        askort154 11 March 2012 09: 41 New
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        If you talk about aviation, remember, there is no profession of "flyers", and
        there is a “pilot” and “pilot”. They call flyers those who haven’t been anywhere for long
        Delayed. Be healthy.
  34. Dynamite
    Dynamite 11 March 2012 02: 24 New
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    Regarding the "scary" functions of this device, everyone has already unsubscribed, as I understand it. It is interesting to fantasize about this contraption as part of the exaggeration of rumors about the end of the world. And what, to make the apparatus bigger (well, or numerically more), to load the first persons of the advanced powers and forward into orbit, at least for half a year hang there, and the ISS will also help hydroponically ... But this is so, from the field of non-standard reading of information.
  35. alexey-filatov-1988
    alexey-filatov-1988 11 March 2012 08: 17 New
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    I wonder how secret she is if they write about her on the Internet?
  36. Hey
    Hey 11 March 2012 10: 21 New
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    Amer is experiencing a new technique. Let them not succeed now, maybe they will lose some of these devices, but they will gain experience. And it is quite possible that they will all grow together and get a new type of weapon. And no matter how sarcostically related to this news, I believe that this is a real threat to us and should not be neglected.
    The solutions are, in my opinion, the following:
    1. Create a similar device.
    2. Create a new counter-weapon, possibly on new, previously unused principles.
    3. As a preventive measure, send them a Cossack, or several, so that they would not get anything for as long as possible.
  37. SlavaS
    SlavaS 11 March 2012 12: 07 New
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    he is there to spoil our GLONASS