Monday, April 5, 2010

Robotic Winged Space Plane

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100403/ap_on_sc/us_mystery_spacecraft

I find this to be fascinating and annoying both at the same time. Fascinating because I love advanced technology and pushing our knowledge to the next level. Annoying because of all this top secret, cloak and dagger bull crap associated with anything done involving the military.

I want to know what this craft is, what it's supposed to be doing, what data collection capabilities it has, and what the purpose of the craft is anyway. It's not like they're punching out future versions, and up sizing it to carry people has already been done...it's called SpaceShipTwo. lol.

So in short, I'm fascinated and annoyed. Time for some coffee.

7 comments:

Ted said...

Doug, this thing bugs me as well. They say it can carry small satellites and such. All well and good, but why a 270 day in space loiter time? Thats nine months!

We have satellites that can stay in orbit for years, so this is not very efficient in that particular.

The other interesting fact is that it is being launched as an Air Force Mission, not NASA. It will launch form the Cape, but land at Vandenberg, AFB? Something fishy is going on here.

mupartee said...

Sadly enough, the article states, "The X-37B is now under the direction of the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office. Its mission is to speed up development of combat-support systems and weapons systems." So, not only is the news and development of such a project kept secret due to the always sufficiently adequate label of "national security", but also sadly enough, the latest and greatest technology is always utilized by a government first and foremost to blow ourselves up, ahead of any other human contribution. When will we ever grow up?
~ben

Douglas Mallette said...

Ted - Agreed.

mupartee - I know. Technology is always used in the wrong way first, and we wonder why some people don't like technology. If it was made to help and serve humanity ONLY, we'd all be a lot better off.

Anonymous said...

SPACESHIP TWO IS CALLED THE VSS ENTERPRISE NOW, GET IT RIGHT!

Douglas Mallette said...

Anon - Okay, relax. Lay off the coffee and the caps please. So SS1 is now called VSS Enterprise. Absolutely no need to be rude about it.

Norman Copeland said...

I'm anticipating a science exploration for molecular analysis of debri around Saturn that could confirm a theory some of us around the science community have.

The evidence of water molecules from rock debri could confirm an exploded former planet just bordering our heliosphere [next star system].

Caution!!! The grey aliens went home but remnants loiter...

woe...

www.spacetravel21stcentury.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

It's "Rods from God!"

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/world/europe/23strike.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Cheers
Doug