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780 days February 15, 2020

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Speaking of satellites and space related matters… that (780 days) is the length of time the US Air Force’s X-37B unmanned space plane was in orbit, returning to Earth earlier in the Autumn. What was it doing all that time? The USAF isn’t telling.

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1. dermot - February 15, 2020

Hard to see what this thing can do that a regular spy satellite can’t do better, with one exception: it can bring payloads back to earth. Best guess it’s doing some sort of material experiments, with chem/bio/whatever you’re having. Creating new materials in zero-G. And if it’s something that can’t be done on the ISS for a fraction of the price, it’s definitely something designed to kill people.

Nothing good will come of it.

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Michael Carley - February 16, 2020

The cost of doing something on the ISS will be a lot higher than doing it on the X37.

Its purpose might be surveillance and, especially, proving the technology. An interesting thing about it is that it can use atmospheric effects to change orbit.

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Conor Forde (@ConorEForde) - February 17, 2020

Combine it’s maneuverability https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a28496447/x-37b-disappear/ with it’s payload capacity and I can think of another use case for getting over head anywhere in the world in under 90 minutes or so:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment#Real_life_concepts_and_theories

It’s ability to change orbit is basically unparalleled currently. And if you have something stored up there ready to go, it’s response time is far faster than the days it takes to conduct a conventional rocket launch. Very useful in today’s fast changing world.

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2. CL - February 15, 2020

“President Donald Trump has officially funded a Pentagon force focused on warfare in space – the US Space Force.
The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force.
At an army base near Washington, Mr Trump described space as “the world’s newest war-fighting domain”
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50876429

“President Donald Trump on Friday (Jan. 24) officially unveiled the logo for the U.S. Space Force and the reaction has been strong. It might just be because the logo, which draws heavily on the new military branch’s Air Force heritage, bears a striking similarity to a “Star Trek” insignia.”
https://www.space.com/space-force-logo-star-trek-insignia.html

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3. Dermot M O Connor - February 16, 2020

BTW, keep an eye on the Chinese Long March 9 – it’s equivalent in HP to the Saturn V, and they have some very ambitious plans for it – moon landings for sure, but also sample returns from Mars. Due in 2030. The only thing in competition with it is the – to me, absurd looking – SpaceX ‘Starship’. I’d bet money that the US 2024 moon landing won’t happen (they don’t even have serious landers designed yet), their plan seems to be to orbit the moon in the ‘gateway’ station). They’ll have a nice view of the growing collection of Chinese bootprints at least.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_March_(rocket_family)

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