Unidentified Flying American Object X-37B

American experts today are actively working on the project of the unmanned shuttle X-37B. It is reported that at the moment the shuttle is preparing for the third mission (OTV-3). This mission will be carried out in October. I would like to consider the mission in detail, but, for obvious reasons, the work is carried out in the strictest secrecy, reports Cnews.ru.


It is planned to launch the shuttle X-37B on board the Atlas-5 launch vehicle. Start should happen from the spaceport in Florida. While the exact launch date is not disclosed, because, as reported by the American side, there may be changes related to weather conditions and the results of the preparation of the start.



There is no information about how long the launch of the shuttle X-37B will have.

Today there are versions that the mission may well not be near-earth. This version is pushed by the results of experiments, during which a record of the duration of the mission was recorded. The record was 469 days. This value is quite acceptable in order to use the shuttle when studying other celestial bodies of the solar system.

It is known that the American-made space object of the Mars Science Laboratory, which managed to lower the Curiosity unit to Mars, flew to the Red Planet 255 day. It turns out that the supply of "strength" of the new shuttle is almost 2 times higher.
It is not entirely clear whether the X-37B shuttle will be able to beat the world record of orbital stay or not, but one thing is clear that we can expect a lot of holes in space research.

Experts say that Americans may well use their new spacecraft to destroy orbital satellites and also bombings from orbit. In addition, the special trajectory of the shuttle makes it extremely difficult to observe the object.

It is reported that X-37B has a 10-meter length, weight in 5000 kg with a wingspan of 5 m. As a means of lifting it can take on board about 0,9 tons of cargo. And this is enough to accommodate the thermo-nuclear warhead W88.
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  1. snek
    snek 6 October 2012 10: 06 New
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    While the exact launch date is not disclosed

    There is no information about how long the launch will have.

    put forward versions

    Not quite clear,

    Very ... informative.
    can use their new spacecraft to destroy orbiting satellites

    Both the Americans, and we, and even the Chinese have anti-satellite weapons, which do not need to be prepared for launch for several days.
    also orbit bombing

    Orbital bombardment? This is something new. Maybe soon с orbits?
    Only again, ICBMs do not require a few days to prepare and are much cheaper.
    1. patsantre 6 October 2012 13: 44 New
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      Quote: snek
      anti-satellite weapons

      I wouldn’t be so sure about it. What exactly were the weapons? I know there were ISs, but it WAS. There is no longer a long-range missile defense missile defense system in Moscow either. What kind of weapon can we shoot down at least some satellite? And the satellite is on high orbits? And the flight path of the X-37 can hardly be calculated as easily as that of a satellite.
      1. pinachet 7 October 2012 13: 32 New
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        back in the late 60s, the simplest anti-satellite weapon was invented, namely, a satellite with explosives was launched and detonated where necessary, hundreds of debris on a large area destroyed everything. (China recently experienced it). Later anti-satellite missiles were developed that launched from the moment 31.
        and bombing from this X-37B. the same crap that our first shuttles bought.
        he spits three bombs and what? he won’t destroy the whole country, but poplars will fly back ... and not three ...
        1. postman
          postman 16 October 2012 18: 52 New
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          Quote: pinachet
          back in the late 60s, the simplest anti-satellite weapon was invented, namely, a satellite was launched

          This is not the "simplest", but the most (probably expensive), the cost of launching a Proton here:

          WITHOUT the SATELLITE. Not expensive?

          Quote: pinachet
          and bombing from this X-37B. the same crap that our first shuttles bought.

          There is no crap. Moreover, not bombing, but just a braking impulse, and further as the descent of Gagarin.
          But he (37) is certainly not for this.
    2. Darck
      Darck 6 October 2012 22: 17 New
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      Only again, ICBMs do not require a few days to prepare and are much cheaper.
      ICBMs can be intercepted, but this drone can be in space for 469 days. It is problematic to knock it down, because it can change its orbit and detect a launch from it, they say it is not possible.
  2. Forward 6 October 2012 11: 12 New
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    Unidentified flying american

    This of course amused! laughing
    1. Tirpitz
      Tirpitz 6 October 2012 11: 15 New
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      but I’m not funny, because in the Russian Federation and this is not close and is not expected in the next 10-15 years.
      1. evgenii67 6 October 2012 12: 14 New
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        Looks like a Russian Clipper, as far as I remember the project was closed request no money left
      2. Insurgent
        Insurgent 6 October 2012 18: 27 New
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        This is exactly the clipper abandoned
      3. studentmati 6 October 2012 21: 51 New
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        With the mobilization economy of the USSR, I think they would have invested in 10-15 years. With the current attitude to this topic, it’s 5-8 years longer, and that is subject to a positive conjuncture of oil prices.
  3. Dr.oPaSaYn
    Dr.oPaSaYn 6 October 2012 11: 41 New
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    c) how raging the statement is that in the Russian Federation this is not and is not expected in the next 10-15 years, “Buran” made unmanned on November 15, 1988. The only difference is the stay of the vehicles and the size, I think it’s worth recalling that the American shuttles can not fly in unmanned mode. How and how can one know what is in the Russian Federation if this is a secret? no one knows the exact number of tanks on ICBMs or what this suggests that our specialists work well.
    1. patsantre 6 October 2012 13: 52 New
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      Quote: Dr.oPaSaYn
      no one knows the exact number of tanks on ICBMs or what this suggests that our specialists work well.


      These numbers are always walking on the Internet. Nobody knows the number of ICBMs? Yes, Americans know about this in the first place, but do you know from whom? From ours. What kind of specialists are we talking about?
      Buran was developed in the USSR, but now we don’t have it, and they don’t promise it, so Tirpitz said everything correctly, firstly. Secondly, technology has reached a new level in 24 years. While ours were engaged in privatization and sawed the army, the Americans We continued to develop science. And there really is nothing for us to answer to the X-37. Moreover, Buran is an analogue of the space shuttle, but not the X-37.
    2. postman
      postman 16 October 2012 18: 59 New
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      Quote: Dr.oPaSaYn
      Buran "committed unmanned November 15, 1988

      Buran is a purely civilian object (if you do not consider the possibility of satellite output).
      Oxygen+ Kerosene, Hydrogen+Oxygen.
      Ales, there is no military use, no efficiency.

      Quote: Dr.oPaSaYn
      I think it’s worth recalling that American shuttles cannot fly in unmanned mode

      But this is not from their stupidity. just the shuttles flew with the CREW, we are without.
      US construction sight for bombing from the Second World War

      Recall where they invented a computer, OS, software, Windows and IOs, programming languages ​​finally?
    3. Vitmir
      Vitmir 14 December 2012 18: 42 New
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      And how pseudo-patriotic statements are infuriated, such as that supposedly "American shuttles cannot fly in unmanned mode."
      The X-37B shuttle just flies only in automatic mode.
  4. nic
    nic 6 October 2012 11: 55 New
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    Is Spiral Max American Only?
  5. Kir
    Kir 6 October 2012 14: 02 New
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    And it seems to me a much more interesting question is how many of our former are there !!! I won’t be very surprised if the same thermal protection is “our welded”, and our “brains” could well have participated in our work!
    1. snek
      snek 6 October 2012 17: 06 New
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      Why do they need our thermal protection when they have their own?
      1. Kir
        Kir 6 October 2012 17: 13 New
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        Compare at least Buranovskaya and Shuttle! Not to mention the "glazing" of our "shuttle"
    2. postman
      postman 16 October 2012 19: 05 New
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      Quote: Kir
      I will be surprised if the same thermal protection "our boiled"

      Shuttle drawings and photographs were first obtained in the USSR through the GRU in early 1975
      Colombia was built in 1979

      “Buran” completed its first and only space flight on November 15, 1988.
  6. 916-th
    916-th 6 October 2012 19: 32 New
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    Author: Today there are versions that the mission may well be not near-missed. This version is pushed by the results of experiments during which a record of the duration of the mission was recorded. The record was 469 days. This value is quite acceptable in order to use the shuttle in the study of other celestial bodies of the solar system.

    Here, the author is clearly not friends with common sense and understanding of the subject of the article, since he sends an apparatus "sharpened" to solve near-Earth orbital problems to other planets!

    To understand these tasks, I would pay attention to such features of the X-37B:
    - duration of autonomous stay in orbit
    - ability to maneuver in orbit over a wide range
    - relatively small payload mass
    - unmanned and recoverable vehicle.

    All this reminds me of atmospheric UAVs, but already launched into space. Now atmospheric UAVs solve two groups of tasks - reconnaissance and strike. X-37B as a drummer is doubtful - the weight of the load is too small. But here's how reconnaissance UAVs - that’s it. Hence the secrecy of flight programs. Obviously, it contains some kind of arch-secret and super expensive equipment that the Yankees do not want to lose by placing on disposable satellites.

    How would it land somewhere in the vast expanses of Russia or Kazakhstan? Military Hackers - AU-U!
  7. wax
    wax 6 October 2012 20: 24 New
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    This is an attack weapon. Such a ship may well disable all the devices of our orbital group in a relatively short time. The secret is most likely the presence of a power plant, a processor and software for capturing the target and controlling the movement of satellites, a guidance system, in the future, a cannon (electromagnetic or laser pulse) to destroy the critical for the survivability of the satellite electronics. Or maybe what the hell is not joking, and to intervene in controlling the equipment of satellites (then the gun will not be needed).
    1. El13 9 October 2012 14: 31 New
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      Quote: Wax
      Such a ship may well disable all the devices of our orbital group in a relatively short time.

      Do you imagine the energy costs (in fuel, that is, the mass ejected, and not in kilowatts) to jump from orbit to orbit, and even synchronize the phase of movement in orbit? Well, he can “visit” one satellite, but already on the second he will be “blown away”.
      1. postman
        postman 16 October 2012 19: 01 New
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        Quote: El13
        Well, he can “visit” one satellite, but already on the second he will be “blown away”.


        Well, not quite like that.
        Can:
        1. Use the "solar wind"
        2.Can be used ionic
        3. You can use the "dive" in the upper atmosphere, rebound and change the parameters of the orbit
  8. studentmati 6 October 2012 22: 01 New
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    The main problem of our cosmonautics is that sovereign people think that there is Russian cosmonautics. In the USSR, Cosmonautics was. In Russia, they continue to work, or rather reach out to the poor, romantics until retirement.
  9. Van
    Van 6 October 2012 22: 44 New
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    In a word, it’s necessary to track this crap somehow and arrange a meeting with some sort of accidentally out of order satellite. laughing

    And about the difficulty of detecting it, even the smallest particles in space, which for one reason or another threaten the ISS orbital station, detect the same thing, and I think this device can be tracked or not? what
    1. studentmati 6 October 2012 23: 02 New
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      Of course, you can track, but to predict further movement is already more difficult. As I understand it.
  10. studentmati 6 October 2012 23: 15 New
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    In general, I personally liked the device - both structurally and technologically and in terms of operation. The fact that both launches lasted a long time and were trouble-free is already saying a lot. I want to cry that we don’t have one.
  11. gregor6549 8 October 2012 03: 01 New
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    Our company NPO Agat (Minsk) also participated in the Buran program and, together with the St. Petersburg team, developed the Burana ground-based automatic approach and landing system. Buran itself was developed and made one of the Moscow firms under the leadership of Lozino Lozinsky. The very first Buran flight proved the operability of all elements of the system, both terrestrial and space. Americans did not even dream of such a level of automation of control processes in such systems. They had all the emphasis on manual control. Buran’s capabilities were enormous both in terms of space exploration and in terms of its use for military purposes, in particular as a reconnaissance strike unmanned space complex, which could not only clearly see and hit targets on Earth, in the sea and airspace, but also fight back from anti-satellite systems. Those. The Buran was an excellent platform for reconnaissance equipment and weapons, including laser weapons such as what is now flying on a Boeing. And although the SDI as a whole was a bluff, but some of its elements were real and remain so. Naturally, such a "drone" was on the list of the most serious threats to the adversary and he, like other similar threats (CC20, BZHRK, etc.) tried to eliminate in the bud before ..... for which a separate "thank you" to very separate comrades of the era of perestroika and the subsequent era of skirmishes.
    1. postman
      postman 16 October 2012 19: 23 New
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      Quote: gregor6549
      Our company NPO Agat (Minsk)

      as an industry research institute, the true story of "Agat" (UP NIISA) is silent about this.
      http://www.agat.by/company/history/
      And here is the list of SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION ASSOCIATIONS and DESIGN OFFICES, the theme "Buran"


      Quote: gregor6549
      Am "Buran" was developed and made one of the Moscow firms under the leadership of Lozino Lozinsky.

      Again not true (developers in the table) Manufacturers here:


      Quote: gregor6549
      Americans did not even dream of such a level of automation of control processes in such systems.

      Do not make me laugh. Look at your PC, keyboard, mouse, printer, software.
      I saw Pravets in 1989, and before that, everything was on SM-4.
      Quote: gregor6549
      in particular as a reconnaissance strike unmanned space system,

      "Buran" as a reconnaissance complex - 0, shock, the same.
      Reusable vehicle (Capsule, case), for payload: withdrawal and return.
      1. gregor6549 15 December 2012 07: 51 New
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        The official history of the NGO Agat does not cover all aspects of its activities. In particular, among other things, NPO Agat was engaged in the development and production of air traffic control systems, and one of the branches of this direction was the development, together with one of the St. Petersburg companies, of the ground-based part of the Burana landing control and landing control system. This time. And two. Indeed, in terms of computer, etc. At that time, the USSR was behind the United States by many years of high-tech equipment, but at the same time managed to solve all the tasks set by the customer, even if it was necessary to use several times larger volumes of equipment to solve these problems than the United States used. But in terms of the technical ideology of the USSR, it was often ahead of the United States for many years, which the Americans themselves admitted more than once, in the United States they do not like to take risks and prefer to use, where possible, proven technical solutions and equipment that can be bought on the Western market without problems. The USSR did not have such a freebie and had to do everything ourselves. And this sometimes led to such breakthroughs that the Americans only gasped. True, at the same time, there was usually no time for detailed elaboration of those decisions, and sometimes it was necessary to launch raw products into production and then refine them for a long time in parts. And the last one. Buran’s potential was quite enough to solve many problems, including reconnaissance and strike, launching satellites into orbit, and much more. Moreover, both in manned and automatic mode.
    2. Vitmir
      Vitmir 14 December 2012 18: 45 New
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      Preved, neighbor! NPO Agat and NPO Granat - stages in the Minsk labor activity.
      1. gregor6549 15 December 2012 07: 52 New
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        Hi colleague.
  12. Alex-UA
    Alex-UA 9 October 2012 14: 17 New
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    I remember how everything flared in Russia, near Ryazan the train of our friends stood for 2 days, and in Ukraine it was much farther south, fire hazardous, it somehow didn’t and this infection just flew.