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X-37 - The first military space plane?

Discussion in 'Space Technology' started by furymonkey, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. gf0012-aust

    gf0012-aust Grumpy Old Man Staff Member Verified Defense Pro

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    depends on the subject matter, hypersonics, combat systems, +gen combat air systems, compound armour.... he's the man
     
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    The X-37 has landed after 717 days in space. The link speculates on three possible roles for this vehicle. Hopefully the third (the most unlikely) role is in fact something that will be possible down the road. Can't help but think of how the space shuttle saved the Hubble telescope. With the upcoming launch of the Webb space telescope, having a space vehicle that could update/fix it robotically would be a great insurance policy for future expensive space kit.

    https://theaviationist.com/2017/05/...pace-plane-returns-after-long-secret-mission/
     
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    They were tossing around the idea of a X-37C some years back.Basically an automated bus to shuttle astronauts to and from the ISS but no doubt the basic platform would have been customizable for more nefarious;) undertakings. IMO it would be quite handy to have a space 'pickup truck' going forward.
     
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