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Aerospace What do you know about the new space plane

  1. Apr 10, 2017 #1


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    <Incorrect link deleted. See post below.>
    For a start the solar cells do not look big enough to power the craft.
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  3. Apr 11, 2017 #2


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    Here is the proper link.

    The ongoing mission of the U.S. Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane is now the longest in the clandestine program's history.

    As of today (March 25), the X-37B has spent 675 days on its latest Earth-circling mission, which is known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4). The previous record was 674 days, set during OTV-3, which lasted from December 2012 to October 2014.

    It's unclear what the new duration record will end up being; most X-37B activities and payloads are classified, and the Air Force has historically been tight-lipped about landing plans. [The X-37B's Fourth Mystery Mission in Photos]
  4. Apr 11, 2017 #3


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    It's not really a spaceplane. It still has to be launched on the tip of a rocket. Otherwise, none of us know much because nearly everything about it is classified.
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