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(WTSP)   A top-secret mini-space shuttle has blasted off from Cape Canaveral. I repeat. A TOP-SECRET mini-space shuttle has blasted off from Cape Canaveral   (wtsp.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-11 06:48:14 PM  
www.wtsp.com 
An Atlas V rocket carrying the X-37B mini-shuttle blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday December 11, 2012.

Either that, or it was show-and-tell day at the Giant Flaming Dildo Factory Showroom.
 
2012-12-11 07:47:12 PM  
Oh sh*t, subby. Mini-space was a bigger secret than hollow earth and now you've let the cat out of the bag.
 
2012-12-11 08:20:37 PM  
I know. I'm watching the web feed on www.operationsupersecretminispaceshuttle-shhhh.com
 
2012-12-11 08:24:02 PM  
Sigh. Here we go again.

The payload is secret, subby, not the existence of the X-37B, which is very well known,
 
2012-12-11 08:26:40 PM  
Watch out for the these guys...
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-11 08:52:20 PM  

Ed Finnerty: I know. I'm watching the web feed on www.operationsupersecretminispaceshuttle-shhhh.com


I was so hoping that was a real site.

I think it was Wired that ran a story a few years ago, about a guy who accidentally tracked a NSA satellite. Basically, he noticed the orbit and mentioned it to people online. It disappeared from his view and it turned out it only disappeared for him. It had some form of reflective panels, so when it was over this guy's house, it made itself disappear.

There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the bulk of it.
 
2012-12-11 09:16:11 PM  

Radak: Sigh. Here we go again.

The payload is secret


I bet the secret payload is an even smaller space shuttle or... shuttles!

i.imgur.com
 
2012-12-11 09:37:45 PM  
Hugo Drax, unavailable for comment.
 
2012-12-11 10:15:17 PM  

MisterTweak: Either that, or it was show-and-tell day at the Giant Flaming


Dildo, home of the Olduvai Observatory, was shocked at the appearance of a glowing object appearing over their town last night. Astronomers at the observatory could not tell us what the object was, only that it was shaped like a giant
 
2012-12-11 11:20:34 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
Don't look at me.
 
2012-12-11 11:22:41 PM  

Radak: Sigh. Here we go again.
The payload is secret, subby, not the existence of the X-37B, which is very well known,


Well, no wonder. Who is funding this shiat?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-11 11:28:09 PM  

YodaBlues: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x191]
Don't look at me.


You know, I wonder if this thing could actually pick up astronauts. Some rumors suggest it's designed to be manned.

I assume it is armed, like the Russian space shuttle was.
 
2012-12-11 11:29:12 PM  
I mean, it's not any real surprise. Yet another spy satellite. Who hasn't seen this one play out before?
 
2012-12-11 11:30:49 PM  
They sent it up to stick little American flags all over the North Korean capsule and spray paint "South Korea is Best Korea" on the side.
 
2012-12-11 11:30:58 PM  
I just looked at that launch pad, there's nothing there!
Subby, you been doing a little boozing perhaps?
 
2012-12-11 11:34:04 PM  
I suppose subby's definition of "secret" is similar to his definition of a tactical "surprise".

"But the 'stealth' helicopters that Seal Team Six used to get Bin Laden weren't 100% quiet, how could you possibly call it a surprise?"
 
2012-12-11 11:36:36 PM  
Cool. My shuttle launched for maxi-space today. The docking procedure could not be initiated, though. Apparently "the hatch" was under repair.

They said to come back maybe this weekend.
 
2012-12-11 11:42:49 PM  
I'm tired of this stupid x37 thing. All it does is ferry spy gear up to space. Yawn.
 
2012-12-11 11:43:40 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: They sent it up to stick little American flags all over the North Korean capsule and spray paint "South Korea Japan is Best Korea" on the side.


Gotta stir things up more than that, dude.
 
2012-12-11 11:46:49 PM  
I appreciate the warning.
www.trbimg.com
Those darn shuttles can sneak up on you.
 
2012-12-11 11:50:48 PM  

cryinoutloud: Radak: Sigh. Here we go again.
The payload is secret, subby, not the existence of the X-37B, which is very well known,

Well, no wonder. Who is funding this shiat?

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 258x320]


Animal astromen is a long and time-honored tradition


www.flixya.com
 
2012-12-11 11:58:50 PM  
I was in Cocoa Beach when they were blasting off rokets right before Katrina. Coincidence? I think not.
 
2012-12-12 12:03:38 AM  
GAT_00: Ed Finnerty: I know. I'm watching the web feed on www.operationsupersecretminispaceshuttle-shhhh.com

I was so hoping that was a real site.

I think it was Wired that ran a story a few years ago, about a guy who accidentally tracked a NSA satellite. Basically, he noticed the orbit and mentioned it to people online. It disappeared from his view and it turned out it only disappeared for him. It had some form of reflective panels, so when it was over this guy's house, it made itself disappear.

There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the bulk of it.


--------------------

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.02/spy.html?pg=2&topic=spy&topi c _set=


Pretty interesting.
 
2012-12-12 12:04:06 AM  
Don't tell anyone, you'll make him very, very angry.

img232.imageshack.us
 
2012-12-12 12:06:16 AM  

jimmyego: Radak: Sigh. Here we go again.

The payload is secret

I bet the secret payload is an even smaller space shuttle or... shuttles!

[i.imgur.com image 570x570]


Are those gummy shuttles?!
 
2012-12-12 12:19:10 AM  

PhiloeBedoe: Watch out for the these guys...
[i1079.photobucket.com image 496x288]


Great. Now I have Skeet Surfin' stuck in my head.
 
2012-12-12 12:21:58 AM  

Insatiable Jesus: I think it was Wired that ran a story a few years ago, about a guy who accidentally tracked a. Basically, he noticed the and mentioned to people online. disappeared from his view and turned out only disappeared for him. had some form of, so when was over this guy's house, made disappear.


Try using complete sentences next time, weirdo.
 
2012-12-12 12:22:29 AM  

jimmyego: I bet the secret payload is an even smaller space shuttle or... shuttles!


At one point the mini shuttle was meant to be launched from the big shuttle.
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-12 12:33:14 AM  
Hey subby, be careful, or you will be sharing a cell with Eli Manning.
 
2012-12-12 12:49:36 AM  
People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement, what with not having a predetermined orbit and high maneuverability versus conventional spy satellites. Could it become the basis for a super awesome satellite zapper? Sure. But it's not, at least not yet.
 
2012-12-12 12:53:38 AM  

Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement,


What in the name of love are you talking about?
 
2012-12-12 12:55:07 AM  

PhiloeBedoe: Watch out for the these guys...


Best reference ever.
 
2012-12-12 01:00:30 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement,

What in the name of love are you talking about?


Bono, clearly.
 
2012-12-12 01:10:31 AM  

Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: Harry_Seldon: Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement,

What in the name of love are you talking about?

Bono, clearly.


He's off where the streets have no name, because the government took all the street signs.
 
2012-12-12 01:10:38 AM  

Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement, what with not having a predetermined orbit and high maneuverability versus conventional spy satellites. Could it become the basis for a super awesome satellite zapper? Sure. But it's not, at least not yet.


Serious study in the 1960s determined that the best tool to "zap" an enemy satellite would be a can of black spray paint.
 
2012-12-12 01:32:52 AM  
It being launched mere hours before the North Koreans launch their "satellite" ?
I guess they could give it a little nudge...
 
2012-12-12 01:42:12 AM  
Was Star Viper piloting his Stiletto?
 
2012-12-12 02:27:47 AM  

Nem Wan: jimmyego: I bet the secret payload is an even smaller space shuttle or... shuttles!

At one point the mini shuttle was meant to be launched from the big shuttle.
[2.bp.blogspot.com image 720x540]


Yo, dawg, I heard you like shuttles.
 
2012-12-12 02:48:52 AM  
Could it be doing a pretest of this?

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20110023492&hterms=eagleworks&qs=Nt x =mode%20matchallpartial%20&Ntk=All&N=0&Ntt=eagleworks
 
2012-12-12 03:10:44 AM  

GAT_00: YodaBlues: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x191]
Don't look at me.

You know, I wonder if this thing could actually pick up astronauts. Some rumors suggest it's designed to be manned.

I assume it is armed, like the Russian space shuttle was.


First I've heard someone suggest a Russian space shuttle was armed. One of their space stations had a 23mm cannon, perhaps that is what you are thinking of?
 
2012-12-12 03:11:30 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: They sent it up to stick little American flags all over the North Korean capsule and spray paint "South Korea is Best Korea" on the side.


You know, I'd pay to see them do that!
 
2012-12-12 04:24:20 AM  

jimw: Could it be doing a pretest of this?

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20110023492&hterms=eagleworks&qs=Nt x =mode%20matchallpartial%20&Ntk=All&N=0&Ntt=eagleworks


Probably not, because that is a NASA program and this is for the USAF.

Come to think of it, if there were anything to the warp stuff, some part of the DOD has probably already tried it.
 
2012-12-12 05:45:09 AM  

Medic Zero: GAT_00: YodaBlues: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x191]
Don't look at me.

You know, I wonder if this thing could actually pick up astronauts. Some rumors suggest it's designed to be manned.

I assume it is armed, like the Russian space shuttle was.

First I've heard someone suggest a Russian space shuttle was armed. One of their space stations had a 23mm cannon, perhaps that is what you are thinking of?


Supposedly the Russian space shuttle was capable of delivering nukes because they thought ours was.
 
2012-12-12 07:06:07 AM  

Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement, what with not having a predetermined orbit and high maneuverability versus conventional spy satellites. Could it become the basis for a super awesome satellite zapper? Sure. But it's not, at least not yet.


Not really.

High altitude drones would be a U-2 replacement.

This thing would still have a semi-predictable orbit. There is *NO* way it carries both a significant payload, and enough fuel to significantly change it's orbit, and still have enough left over to de-orbit. It takes a lot of delta-V to change your orbit significantly enough to be unpredictable.
 
2012-12-12 07:11:34 AM  
I really thought the weather would force a scrub. Weather was crap all day.
 
2012-12-12 07:30:54 AM  

Phil Moskowitz: PhiloeBedoe: Watch out for the these guys...
[i1079.photobucket.com image 496x288]

Great. Now I have Skeet Surfin' stuck in my head.


Likewise. Time for YouTube.
 
2012-12-12 07:31:49 AM  

PhiloeBedoe: Watch out for the these guys...
[i1079.photobucket.com image 496x288]


And for that, your name is going on the Montgomery Ward mailing list.
 
2012-12-12 08:00:12 AM  

GAT_00: Ed Finnerty: I know. I'm watching the web feed on www.operationsupersecretminispaceshuttle-shhhh.com

I was so hoping that was a real site.

I think it was Wired that ran a story a few years ago, about a guy who accidentally tracked a NSA satellite. Basically, he noticed the orbit and mentioned it to people online. It disappeared from his view and it turned out it only disappeared for him. It had some form of reflective panels, so when it was over this guy's house, it made itself disappear.

There's a lot more to it than that, but that's the bulk of it.


I ran across a 'leak' Geocities site that had details of Thrust Vectoring back in the 90s. It was there one day, entirely gone the next.
 
2012-12-12 08:19:57 AM  
download.gannett.edgesuite.net

Not impressed.
 
2012-12-12 08:28:17 AM  
It's going up to grab the satellite that Best Korea launched yesterday.
 
2012-12-12 09:40:11 AM  
Wang!

Pay attention!
 
2012-12-12 09:40:34 AM  

dittybopper: Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement, what with not having a predetermined orbit and high maneuverability versus conventional spy satellites. Could it become the basis for a super awesome satellite zapper? Sure. But it's not, at least not yet.

Not really.

High altitude drones would be a U-2 replacement.

This thing would still have a semi-predictable orbit. There is *NO* way it carries both a significant payload, and enough fuel to significantly change it's orbit, and still have enough left over to de-orbit. It takes a lot of delta-V to change your orbit significantly enough to be unpredictable.


On the first flight of the X-37biatchanged it's orbit four times.
 
2012-12-12 10:14:21 AM  

Harry_Seldon: Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor: People are over zealous on this baby; it's clearly a U2 replacement,

What in the name of love are you talking about?


You know - that famous band
www.nrojr.gov 

/daft punk?
 
2012-12-12 10:51:34 AM  

YodaBlues: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x191]
Don't look at me.


nice, not enough refs to that series.
 
2012-12-12 10:55:26 AM  
Man that website knows who reads certain types of articles.

"You might also like: Hooters swimsuit pageant"
 
2012-12-12 11:01:58 AM  

dittybopper: This thing would still have a semi-predictable orbit. There is *NO* way it carries both a significant payload, and enough fuel to significantly change it's orbit, and still have enough left over to de-orbit. It takes a lot of delta-V to change your orbit significantly enough to be unpredictable.


It seems that it might, at least once or twice per mission.
 
2012-12-12 11:12:02 AM  
I can tell you exactly what it was launched for. They put it into orbit to t &*%&^$^%*$(^&%(%&^) **NO CARRIER**
 
2012-12-12 11:55:26 AM  
Has anyone seen bruce willis lately?
 
2012-12-12 01:04:26 PM  

jimmyego: Radak: Sigh. Here we go again.

The payload is secret

I bet the secret payload is an even smaller space shuttle or... shuttles!


Unavailable for comment:

www.bbc.co.uk
 
2012-12-12 01:22:36 PM  

StopLurkListen: I suppose subby's definition of "secret" is similar to his definition of a tactical "surprise".

"But the 'stealth' helicopters that Seal Team Six used to get Bin Laden weren't 100% quiet, how could you possibly call it a surprise?"


I think his definition is that once it's in orbit its mission is secret.
 
2012-12-12 01:34:03 PM  

coinspinner: dittybopper: This thing would still have a semi-predictable orbit. There is *NO* way it carries both a significant payload, and enough fuel to significantly change it's orbit, and still have enough left over to de-orbit. It takes a lot of delta-V to change your orbit significantly enough to be unpredictable.

It seems that it might, at least once or twice per mission.


Reading between the lines, it can boost itself into higher and lower orbits, but probably not significantly change the inclination of it's orbiatchanging orbital altitude is *MUCH* easier than going from, say, a 60 degree inclination to a 55 degree inclination.
 
2012-12-12 02:45:34 PM  

dittybopper: coinspinner: dittybopper: This thing would still have a semi-predictable orbit. There is *NO* way it carries both a significant payload, and enough fuel to significantly change it's orbit, and still have enough left over to de-orbit. It takes a lot of delta-V to change your orbit significantly enough to be unpredictable.

It seems that it might, at least once or twice per mission.

Reading between the lines, it can boost itself into higher and lower orbits, but probably not significantly change the inclination of it's orbiatchanging orbital altitude is *MUCH* easier than going from, say, a 60 degree inclination to a 55 degree inclination.


I'd wonder, given its ability for aero braking and the potential fuel left in that upper stage centaur if they didn't dump it already.
Recalling the salvage of HGS-1 (dumped in a bad orbit by its booster, nudged till it went into lunar orbit and finishing in a new Geo Synchronous parking spot), with enough patience they could probably move the X-37 a good distance off its original path.

/Probably not far due to its weight.
/But then again we really don't know what kind of equipment is aboard.
 
2012-12-12 04:32:15 PM  

GAT_00: YodaBlues: [upload.wikimedia.org image 250x191]
Don't look at me.

You know, I wonder if this thing could actually pick up astronauts. Some rumors suggest it's designed to be manned.

I assume it is armed, like the Russian space shuttle was.


The reports I hear suggest it isn't designed to be manned out of the box, but you can plug a crew carrying module in there for short duration or emergency missions. The larger variant Boeing is working on will likely have more crew capabilities.
 
2012-12-12 08:45:03 PM  

tinyarena: I appreciate the warning.
[www.trbimg.com image 400x230]
Those darn shuttles can sneak up on you.


i50.tinypic.com 

Didn't notice it until now, but is that character in the top right working on the satellite dish? Maybe uploading seekrits about the mission?
 
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