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X-37 - The first military space plane?

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Old April 5th, 2010   #1
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X-37 - The first military space plane?

I am sure some of you have heard about the X-37 Program, an ex NASA program that was transferred to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The first flight of the X-37B is scheduled for 20th of April, 2010, which it isn't far from now. Much about the program and the spacecraft itself are classified, but being a military test platform, I think it's safe to assume it will have alot of new interesting technologies.

What do guys think this plane will have? Will they eventually equip it with anti satellite weapons, or space strike capabilities? Will it become tomorrow's space fighter? Or do you think I am just too overly excited about the idea of space wars?

Knowing those ideas will trigger arms race in space, I doubt we will see the light of day even they do exists.
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Didn't the US have a space plane program during the 60's?
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Didn't the US have a space plane program during the 60's?
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Didn't the US have a space plane program during the 60's?
Yes I believe the had the X-30 single stage orbit aircraft, during the Reagan administration.

Personally I believe that that country already have space weapons, especially Scramjets, because off the simplicity to build.
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Didn't the US have a space plane program during the 60's?
In the 1960s there were two space plane programs - the X-20 program which actually had pilots assigned to it but never flew. The X-15 program flew 199 flights and produced several astronauts for the height of their flights and X-15 pilot Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Project Asset and Project Prime flew 'unmanned space planes' launched by rockets.

Lockheed Martin has tested scale model space plane technology at the Spaceport America site in New Mexico in the last two years..
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The Space Shuttle was originally a military program
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The Space Shuttle was originally a military program
And several shuttle missions were devoted to DOD activities with DOD crews. Also included a category of "Manned Spaceflight Engineers" with DOD personnel.
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I would think that the X-37 would be a great design if its intended purpose was to re-position the geostationary orbit of our military satellites. For example imagine Milstar being targeted by Chinese missile. They have already demonstrated that they can take one out, in the event of a conflict one would think that we would need the capability to change their orbit on short notice. This is a theory based on a concept which im not knowledgeable in however my question is this a feasible solution? Could the X37 be used for such a task, or do these satellites already have boosters that can change their orbital paths??
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or do these satellites already have boosters that can change their orbital paths??
they have micro thrusters for course correction and can be steered into and out of orbit
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I feel we should look at developing a spaceplane as a replacement for the Space Shuttle.Nothing against the Orion spacecraft i think its cool I saw of video of nit on youtube taking part in a lunar mission (the video was set to Peter Schilllings Major Tomm) but it must land in the ocean and the cost of recovery at sea would very likely be similar to the Apollo missions.I feel a new generation of reuseable space vehicles launched on top of the rocket would be better.
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The X-37 is likely just a demonstrator for a future cargo hauler like the Space Shuttle was. Honestly, considering the recent explosion of the private space industry, it seems a little redundant.
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I feel that a continued national space program is still needed to regulate travel and trade in space.The commercial space industry may help NASA in some areas but for the continued exploration of the Solar System and beyond we will still need NASA in my view.
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It should be noted that the X-37B is expected to land in the coming week after orbiting the planet for the past 22 months. It's still a big mystery what the X-37B is doing up there for the Air Force. I wonder if any of the amateur spacewatchers have attempted to observe it to get a feel for what it‘s up to? If it was engaged in some ISR work, would it be able to download data without being detected?
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