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“XS-1” spaceplane .....

Mentre lo X-37B continua indisturbato, a quasi un anno dal suo quarto lancio, ad inanellare orbite intorno al pianeta ..... il progetto dello 'spazioplano' senza pilota XS-1 avanza a piccoli passi .....
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will accept outside bids for the construction and demonstration of a reusable, unmanned “XS-1” spaceplane.
DARPA has been working with industry teams Boeing-Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems-XCOR Aerospace and Northrop Grumman-Virgin Galactic to mature three competing designs.
However, it will select just one team for Phase II and III, worth up to $140 million.
Fonte ..... "DARPA to hold open competition for XS-1 demonstration phase" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 14 aprile 2016, 21:10

NG ci punta .....
Northrop Grumman might be "playing to win" the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's XS-1 programme, but the aerospace firm's interest in a reusable spaceplane for rapidly launching small satellites runs far deeper than any one project or contract.
The company's vice-president of space systems resiliency Doug Young tells Flightglobal that Northrop will likely press forward with its XS-1 concept through "other ways and means" if it isn't downselected for the programme's $140 million demonstration phase.
Fonte ....."Northrop backs XS-1 spaceplane to join satellite launch market" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 21 maggio 2016, 10:26

Ormai è trascorso un anno dalla partenza della quarta missione .....

Immagine

..... che prosegue senza vi siano novità di sorta .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 10 ottobre 2016, 11:48

Dal 20 Maggio 2015, data del lancio della quarta missione, sono ormai trascorsi quasi 17 mesi e, come prevedibile, non trapelano nuove informazioni sul suo svolgimento.
E c'è chi, addirittura, si domanda se la misteriosa navetta senza pilota che orbita attorno al pianeta sia proprio un X-37B o qualcosa di diverso .....
The semi-classified X-37B robot spaceplane hasn't received much attention, despite the fact that it is on its fourth flight in space.
At least, that's the official story.
Launched in May 2015, the latest mission seems even more covert than the three previous launches.
Absolutely no images of the spaceplane were released before launch.
That's a big change from the past, when we saw high-resolution images of the vehicle before launch and after landing.
Nobody knows when X-37B is coming home.
It's even possible that the US Air Force, which owns the small vehicle, has not set a firm date.
But we can consider what will happen when it does.
This analyst will speculate that no images or video of X-37B will be released after its landing.
Again, that would be a departure from previous trends, but consistent with the "no photography" policy of this flight.
Why is X-37B so camera-shy this time around?
The reason could be that the spacecraft currently in orbit isn't the same type of X-37B that we already know, or is an entirely different vehicle.
Fonte ..... "A year of mystery swirls around latest X-37B mission" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 15 febbraio 2017, 14:28

Chi dice una cosa .....

..... "Air Force’s X-37B prepares for landing at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility" .....

E chi ne dice un' altra .....

..... "No, the US Military's X-37B Space Plane Is Not Prepping for Landing" .....

E, mentre siamo ormai al 606° giorno della missione, il mistero continua .....

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Dopo quasi due anni ..... la quarta missione si è felicemente conclusa ..... :usa
​The Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Sunday after nearly two years in low-earth orbit.
The mission, which launched on May 21, 2015, was the fourth completed flight for the OTV program.
Each successive mission has been longer in duration than the last - the first was 224 days, the second was 468, and the third was 675.
OTV-4 remained in orbit for 718 days, during which time it flew at altitudes ranging between 190 and 225 miles, reported Space Flight Now.
Fonte: AFA ..... "X-37B Lands at Kennedy Space Center After Two Years in Orbit" .....

C'é da notare che quest' ultima missione è durata, rispetto alle altre, soltanto 43 giorni più della precedente.
Si potrebbe dunque ipotizzare che la navetta abbia ormai raggiunto la sua massima autonomia .....
Salvo futura smentita ..... :mrgreen:

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Letteralmente 'mostruose', in confronto, le dimensioni dello Space Shuttle parcheggiato sullo sfondo .....

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Messaggio da anonymous12345 » 10 maggio 2017, 11:29

Di fatto è un satellite riutilizzabile ed estremamente flessibile..

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Messaggio da richelieu » 25 maggio 2017, 8:13

A margine .....

..... il programma XS-1 compie un importante passo avanti con l' aggiudicazione del contratto a Boeing .....

AFA ..... "DARPA Picks Boeing for XS-1 Spaceplane Project" .....

DARPA ..... "DARPA Picks Design for Next-Generation Spaceplane" .....

Boeing ..... "Boeing, DARPA to Design, Build, Test New Experimental Spaceplane" .....

FlightGlobal ..... "DARPA selects Boeing for unmanned XS-1 spaceplane" .....

DefenseNews ..... "Boeing to build hypersonic spaceplane" .....
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Il 'mini-shuttle' militare cambia cavallo ..... :wohow:
The X-37B is heading back to space later this year, and this time the space plane will launch for the first time ever by a SpaceX Falcon 9, the Air Force announced late Tuesday.
The fifth mission of the X-37B, sometimes referred to as the orbital test vehicle, involves carrying the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader (ASETS-11) created by the Air Force Research Laboratory, the service stated in a news release.
Fonte: DefenseNews ..... "X-37B space plane to get lift from SpaceX" .....

Reuters ..... "SpaceX wins launch of U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane" .....

spaceflightnow.com ..... "U.S. Air Force taps SpaceX to launch next X-37B spaceplane mission" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 1 settembre 2017, 9:59

Pronto ad una nuova, misteriosa missione ..... sul nuovo vettore .....
he U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane will make its debut launch on the SpaceX Falcon 9 on Sept. 7, the Air Force’s top civilian said Thursday.
“If the weather is good,” the Boeing-built X-37B will launch from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, announced U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, who declined to comment on the nature of the mission the space plane will perform.
“It’s one of our experimental platforms,” she said during an exclusive interview with Defense News and Air Force Times on Aug. 31.
Fonte: DefenseNews ..... "U.S. Air Force announces date for X-37B launch" .....

USAF ..... "Air Force preparing to launch fifth Orbital Test Vehicle mission" .....
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Messaggio da richelieu » 7 aprile 2018, 10:40

La missione 'Orbital Test Vehicle-5 (OTV-5)' ha avuto inizio lo scorso 7 Settembre .....

spacex.com ..... "OTV-5 MISSION"

..... e il misterioso veicolo spaziale X-37B ha ormai superato i 200 giorni in orbita .....

space.com ..... "Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Wings Past 200 Days in Orbit" .....
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Sono ormai trascorsi più di 500 giorni dall' inizio ..... e la missione continua senza che emergano novità .....

Nel frattempo ..... Boeing ha rivelato un vecchio progetto che mostra un grosso velivolo vettore in grado di decollare da una pista trasportando un aero-spazioplano .....

..... thedrive.com/the-war-zone ..... "Is This Concept Art Of A Mysterious Space Launch Mothership A Missing Link In Area 51's Past?" .....

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Messaggio da richelieu » 1 febbraio 2019, 11:05

E' appena uscito un aggiornamento sulla missione OTV-5 .....

..... space.com ..... "US Military Space Plane Wings Past 500 Days on Latest Mystery Mission" .....

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Beccato !
Noted astronomer and satellite expert Ralf Vandebergh of Nijswiller, Limburg, Netherlands, spent months searching the skies for one of the Holy Grails of sky spotting, the secretive U.S. Air Force Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.
In May of this year, he finally succeeded.
Remarkably, on June 30 and July 2 of this year that Vandebergh finally captured some rare photos of the secret military spacecraft.
Fifty-year veteran space journalist and author of the new book, “Moon Rush: The New Space Race”, Leonard David broke the story about Vandebergh’s sighting and photos on Saturday, July 6, 2019 on LiveScience.com (*).
The photos are now being republished and shared around the world.
Fonte ... theaviationist.com ... "New Photos Surface of Secretive X-37B Space Plane in Orbit on Classified Mission" ...

(*) ... https://www.livescience.com/65884-x-37b ... photo.html ...
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Messaggio da richelieu » 4 settembre 2019, 11:24

Intanto ... ha battuto un altro record ... il tutto, va da sé, nel massimo segreto ...
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane just broke its spaceflight-duration record.
At 6:43 a.m. EDT (1043 GMT) today (Aug. 26), the robotic X-37B sailed past the program mark of 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes, which was set by the previous mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4).
The current mission, OTV-5, began on Sept. 7, 2017, with a liftoff atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
It's unclear what the space plane is doing up there now, or what it has done on past flights; X-37B missions are classified, and the Air Force therefore tends to speak of the vehicle and its activities in general terms.
... space.com ... "X-37B Military Space Plane Breaks Record on Latest Mystery Mission" ...

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Messaggio da richelieu » 23 settembre 2019, 7:22

741 days and counting ... :eeeek:



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Messaggio da richelieu » 27 ottobre 2019, 16:22

E' ritornato ...
The U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane successfully landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility Oct. 27 at 3:51 AM EST, the Air Force announced.
This was the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.
It flew for 780 days during this mission, breaking its own record by being in orbit for more than two years.
As of today, the total number of days spent on-orbit for the entire test vehicle program is 2,865 days, the Air Force said.
The spaceplane originally was designed to fly for just 270 days.
“The X-37B continues to demonstrate the importance of a reusable spaceplane,” Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett said in a news release.

Fonte ... spacenews.com ... https://spacenews.com/air-force-x-37b-s ... -in-orbit/ ...

Anche qui ... af.mil ... https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display ... -in-orbit/ ...

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Messaggio da richelieu » 28 ottobre 2019, 23:51

Un commento ... nel quale si fa cenno dei possibili sviluppi futuri del veicolo spaziale ...

... airforcemag.com ... "X-37B Space Plane Returns as USAF Collects Data for Possible Replacement" ...

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