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(UPI)   The United States' X-37B reusable, unmanned space plane returned to Earth after being in orbit for over a year   (upi.com) divider line 15
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2012-06-28 07:51:08 AM  
Old news is so old.
 
2012-06-28 08:37:10 AM  
It's already been in orbit over a year again after getting back a week and a half ago?
 
2012-06-28 08:55:28 AM  
Published: June 18, 2012

What a timely submission.
 
2012-06-28 09:00:34 AM  
"With OTV-1 (orbital test vehicle), we proved that unmanned space vehicles can be sent into orbit and safely recovered."

Russia did it first. Again.
2.bp.blogspot.com

Or, he did says vehicles plural. So OTV-1 proved more than one can do it. Technically correct, the best kind of correct!
 
2012-06-28 09:32:35 AM  
This thing landed so long ago I don't think it's still in California anymore.

It's also the second time it'd been launched and landed here, so not a really profound story when it was current.

...and current, this story is not.
 
2012-06-28 09:52:53 AM  

Nem Wan: "With OTV-1 (orbital test vehicle), we proved that unmanned space vehicles can be sent into orbit and safely recovered."

Russia did it first. Again.
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x299]

Or, he did says vehicles plural. So OTV-1 proved more than one can do it. Technically correct, the best kind of correct!


Meh, Buran.

ferrebeekeeper.files.wordpress.com
/1 flight, 3 hours, left to rot in a collapsed hanger.
 
2012-06-28 10:09:28 AM  

Foundling: This thing landed so long ago I don't think it's still in California anymore.

It's also the second time it'd been launched and landed here, so not a really profound story when it was current.

...and current, this story is not.


Actually its the second ship in the series. So far they've launched two and landed two, which is pretty significant of itself.
Relaunching the first one and recovering it will start to tell the tale.

/The development of space is going to be a boring, production line, affair.
/Going from "experiment" to "space truck" is the biggest step we can make.
 
2012-06-28 10:13:30 AM  

Boatmech: Meh, Buran.


It's really amazing how much Buran looked like the space shuttle. I didn't realize you could copypaste a spacecraft.
 
2012-06-28 10:23:06 AM  

theorellior: Boatmech: Meh, Buran.

It's really amazing how much Buran looked like the space shuttle. I didn't realize you could copypaste a spacecraft.


You obviously were very young when the Soviet Union existed.
 
2012-06-28 10:32:12 AM  

theorellior: Boatmech: Meh, Buran.

It's really amazing how much Buran looked like the space shuttle. I didn't realize you could copypaste a spacecraft.


Not really unexpected - form follows function and all that.
Kinda like how their rockets are pointy at one end and fiery at the other
;=)
 
2012-06-28 11:18:23 AM  

limboslam: You obviously were very young when the Soviet Union existed.


Not really, and nothing else in the Soviet space fleet looked quite that copypasted.
 
2012-06-28 12:16:33 PM  
Toby almost went to jail for this shiat!
 
2012-06-28 02:03:27 PM  

theorellior: limboslam: You obviously were very young when the Soviet Union existed.

Not really, and nothing else in the Soviet space fleet looked quite that copypasted.


Yeah, but that was the case with a lot of their air force. The most blatant example was the Tu-4/B-29, but there were many other ripoffs as well - Tu-160/B-1 comes immediately to mind. As does their copies of the F-111 and B-52.
 
2012-06-28 04:29:49 PM  
Not only old news, but a repeat. Subby you suck.
 
2012-06-28 06:42:22 PM  
FTFA: Boeing said the objectives of the X-37B program include space experimentation, risk reduction and concept-of-operations development for reusable space vehicle.

risk reduction = killing people from space where they can't shoot back at you?
 
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