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Published video of space plane X-37B with open cargo hold

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Published video of space plane X-37B with open cargo hold

Video footage of a secret US Air Force X-37B orbital plane opening the cargo bay doors has surfaced online. It shows a 9-meter spacecraft with integrated solar panels.


The recording shows the X-37B with its doors open and a solar panel that fits freely inside the compartment, starting to unfold.

It is not entirely clear when the clip was filmed, but it was shown by Boeing at an annual Air Force Association event.




Social media user DutchSpace, claiming on his profile that he works for the European Space Agency, took notice of the video and processed it for a better viewing experience. You can see that the cargo hold of an orbiting aircraft resembles the baggage hold of a large pickup truck.





Although this highly maneuverable spacecraft has been in orbit for a decade, there is not much information about it. It is widely believed that the bulk of its experimental missions are reconnaissance and communications tasks. For years, rumors have circulated that the X-37B was used to deliver small vehicles into orbit, test anti-satellite technology and perform other functions.

The plane is now on its sixth mission. The previous one lasted 780 days.
Photos used:
https://twitter.com/DutchSpace, Boeing Corp.
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 16 September 2020 10: 06 New
    -8
    Who is this? A truck to collect foreign companions? repeat
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 16 September 2020 10: 22 New
      -10
      Likely
      1. Tonpengof
        Tonpengof 17 September 2020 11: 09 New
        -1
        Quote: Lipchanin
        Likely

        No, any military satellite has a self-detonation function.
    2. APASUS
      APASUS 16 September 2020 10: 50 New
      +4
      Quote: Mavrikiy
      Who is this? A truck to collect foreign companions? repeat

      Most likely exploration and development of new technologies
  2. Ervin
    Ervin 16 September 2020 10: 08 New
    -3
    Is this X-37B of the US Air Force, over the decades of operation, has not been able to get a good look and understand what it is doing there in space orbit?
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 16 September 2020 10: 24 New
      0
      Quote: Ervin
      never got a good look at

      Where to consider? It is so classified that a limited number of people have access to it.
      1. dragy52rus
        dragy52rus 16 September 2020 10: 37 New
        +3
        and do not say, in space the circle of faces is limited. )))
        1. Ervin
          Ervin 16 September 2020 10: 43 New
          -4
          So I say - was it really not possible to view this X-37B or with a scanning telescope? After all, it is not necessary to consider only the stars and planets, you can apply the technique and on a real matter, so that there are fewer secrets.
          1. Mikhail3
            Mikhail3 16 September 2020 10: 53 New
            +4
            It is 9m long. And it has no constant orbit. And there is such a place ... Space is called. The main difference between space and your desk is that space is very, well, just very large. Without a known orbit, it cannot be considered.
            1. Lipchanin
              Lipchanin 16 September 2020 11: 01 New
              -2
              They want to see his appearance, although he has already been shown more than once
          2. dragy52rus
            dragy52rus 16 September 2020 10: 55 New
            +1
            to consider and track is not a problem, but to find out what exactly he did is more difficult.
          3. Lipchanin
            Lipchanin 16 September 2020 11: 04 New
            0
            Quote: Ervin
            So I say - was it really not possible to view this X-37B or with a scanning telescope?

            What will he scan?
            Will he scan his computer?
            Well, see what is inside, and then? Will the telescope tell you how and what works? What tasks does it perform?
        2. Lipchanin
          Lipchanin 16 September 2020 10: 59 New
          +2
          Quote: dragy52rus
          and do not say, in space the circle of faces is limited. )))

          Consider in space?
          Well, what can you see besides the appearance? So after landing it was shown
      2. Piramidon
        Piramidon 16 September 2020 11: 43 New
        +1
        Quote: Lipchanin
        It is so classified that a limited number of people have access to it.

        Is there a CIA and NSA cordon in orbit around him?
      3. snake
        snake 16 September 2020 12: 14 New
        +1
        Quote: Lipchanin
        Where to consider? It is so classified that a limited number of people have access to it.

        I thought you could see everything from the sofa ...
    2. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 16 September 2020 11: 07 New
      +1
      Quote: Ervin
      Is this X-37B of the US Air Force, over the decades of operation, it was not possible to get a good look

      Look at least look around

  3. betta
    betta 16 September 2020 10: 09 New
    0
    Not clear where the payload is placed to put something in space? It looks like a place for panels only.
    1. Reviews
      Reviews 16 September 2020 10: 15 New
      +2
      The panel is thin. There is enough space under it. Now satellites are much more compact than 20-40 years ago.
      1. Lipchanin
        Lipchanin 16 September 2020 10: 26 New
        -13
        Quote: Avis
        Now satellites are much more compact than 20-40 years ago.

        When "Salute 7" died, the Americans were going to push it on their "Shuttle". It just fit into the cargo hold
        1. Reviews
          Reviews 16 September 2020 10: 31 New
          +8
          Quote: Lipchanin

          When "Salute 7" died, the Americans were going to push it on their "Shuttle".

          Do not repeat nonsense after all sorts of degenerates.
          1. sifgame
            sifgame 16 September 2020 10: 34 New
            +7
            rent revised person)
            1. Reviews
              Reviews 16 September 2020 11: 03 New
              +1
              Quote: sifgame
              rent revised person)

              Uh-huh.
          2. Lipchanin
            Lipchanin 16 September 2020 11: 26 New
            -8
            Quote: Avis
            Do not repeat nonsense after all sorts of degenerates.

            This is not nonsense, this is a fact
            No wonder they the French who flew on the "Salute" at the last moment introduced into the crew
            1. Reviews
              Reviews 16 September 2020 11: 58 New
              +2
              Quote: Lipchanin
              Quote: Avis
              Do not repeat nonsense after all sorts of degenerates.

              This is not nonsense, this is a fact
              No wonder they the French who flew on the "Salute" at the last moment introduced into the crew

              Clear. Autumn ... Okay, I will not interfere.
              1. snake
                snake 16 September 2020 12: 16 New
                +2
                Quote: Avis
                Clear. Autumn ... Okay, I will not interfere.

                This "specialist" yesterday confused Venus with Mars. What do you want from him?
                1. Reviews
                  Reviews 16 September 2020 14: 34 New
                  +1
                  Heh ... :)))
        2. Ervin
          Ervin 16 September 2020 10: 51 New
          -13
          Yes, it was. A famous story in its time. Our people even shot a film based on real events: "Salute-7"



          So there, in plain text, they were going to shoot down Salyut-7, even at the cost of the fact that space would be closed for 20-30 years due to nuclear fragments. I advise you to watch the film, the film was shot very brightly and well.

          And here is a documentary from Roscosmos:
          1. Reviews
            Reviews 16 September 2020 11: 02 New
            +6
            Quote: Ervin
            Yes, it was.
            So there, in plain text, they were going to shoot down Salyut-7, even at the cost of the fact that space would be closed for 20-30 years due to nuclear fragments. I advise you to watch the film, the film was shot very brightly and well.


            Autumn has begun.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 September 2020 10: 22 New
    -1
    X-37B with open cargo hold
    Something tells if a photograph appeared with an open cargo compartment hatch, then the most important thing is hidden much deeper (not in the compartment).
  5. aristok
    aristok 16 September 2020 10: 39 New
    +3
    You can't call it an airplane.
    He himself does not fly.
    It is a wing-gliding spacecraft.
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  7. Alien From
    Alien From 16 September 2020 10: 39 New
    -4
    For Roscosmos, these trucks are so small to pick in their pockets ...
  8. zwlad
    zwlad 16 September 2020 10: 50 New
    0
    A very interesting machine. It would be nice for us to revive our projects.
    1. Piramidon
      Piramidon 16 September 2020 11: 50 New
      0
      Quote: zwlad
      It would be nice for us to revive our projects

      Some kind of movement is taking place.
      Reusable "Argo"
      The state corporation "Roscosmos" intends to sign an agreement with the private company MTKS on cooperation in the creation of a reusable transport spacecraft. This information is contained in the minutes of the August meeting at Roscosmos (RBC has a copy). Now Russia does not have reusable cargo spaceships.
      The projected spacecraft, launched using a launch vehicle, will be capable of delivering a payload weighing up to 2 tons into orbit and then returning a cargo weighing up to 1 tonne to Earth. on a retractable shock-absorbed shield extending at a height of 250 m.

      Read more at RBC:
      https://www.rbc.ru/society/30/09/2019/5d6e4c399a794779cf182161
      1. Tsoy
        Tsoy 16 September 2020 14: 06 New
        0
        Argo is in the wrong steppe. This is a kk type of progress. The capsule is essentially. Alya dragon. Nothing to do with this unit.
  9. Recon
    Recon 16 September 2020 13: 24 New
    +3
    No matter how everyone here scoffs, the device is cool. And we do not have this, and is not expected.
    1. slipped
      slipped 16 September 2020 15: 31 New
      0
      Quote: Recon
      And we do not have this, and is not expected.


      Such a device, and even created using outdated technologies, is simply not in demand in our country. If our MO needed it, then we have such an apparatus long ago, since all the technologies are available. It is much cheaper and more pragmatic to launch targeted automated systems without returning them. laughing
  10. Avior
    Avior 16 September 2020 22: 06 New
    +1
    No need to fly to deliver 780 days to orbit