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Message 1241180 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 17:22:44 UTC

Interesting....

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Message 1241185 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 17:28:07 UTC - in response to Message 1241180.

At least this drone didn't land in Iran.
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Message 1241254 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 19:14:33 UTC - in response to Message 1241185.

lol...just thinking out loud here...

As it's unmanned, wonder why NASA couldn't use something similar to service the ISS.
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Message 1241279 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 19:55:54 UTC - in response to Message 1241254.

It's prolly cheaper to contract SpaceX.
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Message 1241299 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 20:31:41 UTC - in response to Message 1241279.

Maybe, but this was already in use before SpaceX had a successful mission.
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Message 1241303 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 20:37:29 UTC

What are the payload capabilities to ISS's orbit?
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Message 1241311 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 20:56:18 UTC - in response to Message 1241303.

Don't know, but to me, it looks like the Experiment bay on the X-37B appears larger than SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule.
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Message 1241316 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 21:07:05 UTC

Just done some digging, the Dragon's payload to LEO is about 13,000 pounds, compared to the X37B's max launch weight of about 11,000 pounds; payload volume is 10 cubic metres against 0.75 cubic metres.

That makes the x37 a baby in comparison to the Dragon - that might be the answer to my question :-(
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Message 1241328 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 21:21:02 UTC

Perhaps it was dropping candy to the good little girls and boys.

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Message 1241336 - Posted: 4 Jun 2012, 21:37:32 UTC - in response to Message 1241316.

Thanks Rob. I should've researched that more rather than compare diagrams.
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Message 1241530 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 3:34:55 UTC

From what I know the main difference, apart from size, between X-37B and Shuttle is that X-37B has solar panels and can stay in orbit much longer than the Shuttle.
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Message 1241568 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 5:29:31 UTC

Also the X37B can land on a runway as it has wings and landing gear. It started as a research craft to lead to a manned mini shuttle, but has become and end unto itself.
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Message 1241592 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 6:44:28 UTC
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There are some space mysteries. According to the NYTimes the National Reconnaissance Office has turned over to NASA two space telescopes, similar to Hubble, but with a shorter focal length, used probably to watch possible enemy countries and not the stars. I believe they were carried in orbit by some military Shuttle mission and then brought back. Now NASA intends to deploy one to search for dark energy, after putting it again in orbit in 2020.
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Message 1241648 - Posted: 5 Jun 2012, 11:23:26 UTC

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Message 1247842 - Posted: 18 Jun 2012, 8:14:17 UTC

X-37B has landed. I saw a video on www.msnbc.com.
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Message 1248292 - Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 9:17:49 UTC

The X-37B landed from it's first mission (whatever that was) quite a while back. Are you referring to a second launch and landing?
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Message 1248329 - Posted: 19 Jun 2012, 12:12:48 UTC - in response to Message 1248292.

The X-37B landed from it's first mission (whatever that was) quite a while back. Are you referring to a second launch and landing?

Yes. The second mission was longer than the first one. A third mission, with the first craft, is planned in autumn.
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