Secret Space plane

Remember the movie Armageddon? In one scene NASA scientists take Bruce Willis &co. to a large hanger. The door is opened and theres a top secret Space Shuttle. Well I don’t know about NASA but maybe the USAF have something hidden away.

The X-37B robotic military spaceplane will launch on an Atlas V out of Cape Canaveral this November. The U.S Air Force and Boeing are currently preparing for the Orbital Test Vehicle’s (OTV) launch. Well, now we know just who had enough clout to bump the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)/LCROSS Atlas V launch into 2009. There had been talk of a “black” program that was going to launch ahead of LRO, but I didn’t realize it was going to be more than a satellite…

The X-37 had started as a program under NASA in 1999, but moved under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and became a black program in 2004. The vehicle is about 27 feet long and has a 15-foot wingspan. According to the Air Force, the objective of the flight will be “risk reduction, experimentation, and operational concept development for reusable space vehicle technologies.” The X-37B is slated to land on a runway at Edwards Air Force Base….


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