Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(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
    More: Interesting, x-37b, unmanned spacecraft, Space Coast, air forces, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Center for Astrophysics, rolling blackout, test beds  
•       •       •

4619 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Dec 2012 at 11:17 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



64 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
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?
 
Displayed 14 of 64 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter






In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report