The Secret Air Force Space Drone Heads Back Into Orbit

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Message 1679409 - Posted: 13 May 2015, 23:11:56 UTC

A classified Air Force space drone is returning to orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so “materials of interest” hold up in the murderous environment of space.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-13/the-secret-air-force-space-drone-heads-back-into-orbit
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Message 1679828 - Posted: 15 May 2015, 6:47:16 UTC

Makes you thing about: what are they doing up there? ;)

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Message 1679974 - Posted: 15 May 2015, 13:37:47 UTC - in response to Message 1679828.  

Makes you thing about: what are they doing up there? ;)

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Message 1680014 - Posted: 15 May 2015, 15:32:58 UTC

Interesting news, thank you Lynn.
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Message 1681015 - Posted: 18 May 2015, 12:31:36 UTC

Makes you thing about: what are they doing up there? ;)

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Nope. A secret NSA program to spy upon Seti politics posters, funded by GCHQ :-)
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Message 1681020 - Posted: 18 May 2015, 12:41:41 UTC - in response to Message 1681015.  

But that means FRA are also involved:(
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Message 1681111 - Posted: 18 May 2015, 16:51:38 UTC

I still wonder if and when they announce they are going to scale this thing up to a size that would allow it to work as a taxi to the ISS as originally planned.
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Message 1681970 - Posted: 21 May 2015, 2:40:06 UTC

According to theregister.co.uk it is carrying a number of scientific payloads, including a LighSail by the Planetary Society. Its first stage engine is a Russian-built Atlas V.
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Message 1682039 - Posted: 21 May 2015, 7:37:24 UTC - in response to Message 1681970.  

According to theregister.co.uk it is carrying a number of scientific payloads, including a LighSail by the Planetary Society. Its first stage engine is a Russian-built Atlas V.
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Looking forward for the LightSail data... ;)

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Message 1682546 - Posted: 22 May 2015, 11:48:36 UTC

Who knows outside the the Air Force what they are really doing . Spose to be releasing 10 small satellites if you can believe that

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Message 1683392 - Posted: 23 May 2015, 18:08:58 UTC

Probably 20, but you are not supposed to know.
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Message 1684772 - Posted: 27 May 2015, 15:22:46 UTC

Why not 30?
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Message 1689156 - Posted: 8 Jun 2015, 12:21:50 UTC - in response to Message 1684772.  

space it is not all that big about 1/4 of the size of the shuttle I think.
Why not 30?

Old enough to know better(but)still young enough not to care
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Message 1689196 - Posted: 8 Jun 2015, 15:06:11 UTC - in response to Message 1689156.  

It looks like that LightSail has communicated with Earth after a reboot and it might be deploying its sail. But the NASA Deep Space Network is not following it, so communication is difficult. All I know comes from the NYTimes.
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Message 1689278 - Posted: 8 Jun 2015, 21:45:10 UTC - in response to Message 1689196.  

It looks like that LightSail has communicated with Earth after a reboot and it might be deploying its sail. But the NASA Deep Space Network is not following it, so communication is difficult. All I know comes from the NYTimes.
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Then http://sail.planetary.org/missioncontrol might be of interest.
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Message 1689377 - Posted: 9 Jun 2015, 4:02:37 UTC - in response to Message 1684772.  

Why not 30?


Because the 30 never really had that many in one place. Ice that had accreted from various comets pumped up the numbers, since Ice occupies a greater volume than does water. (Or ... does it? Dah, dah, DAH!)
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Message 1690425 - Posted: 12 Jun 2015, 8:47:46 UTC - in response to Message 1679409.  

Always fun to speculate.. Let's see if they are testing an EM Horn thruster.
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