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The Secret Space Shuttle

  • Secret Chinese Space Shuttle Caught in Satellite Photo


    On September 6, 2020,, an online space launch database, added a peculiar entry. An unidentified object that flew into orbit as TBA, or to be assessed, was listed in the database maintained by the US military's Combined Space Operations Center and the US-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command.

    The object was labeled 2020-063G, the base identifier for a Chinese experimental spacecraft launch. It was identified by satellite images that tracked it down to a previously unknown Chinese landing spot deep in the Gobi Desert.

    Days later, Chinese State Media and Xinhua news agency informed that a Long March 2F rocket had carried a [QUOTE] reusable experimental spacecraft into orbit and that the launch and landing were successful.

    Orbital data further confirmed that the object was placed in an orbit up to 217 miles in altitude.

    Nothing else was mentioned by the Chinese media, prompting the US and other nations to conclude that China is working on a secret space project.

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  • Everything We Know About The US Air Forces Secret Space Plane - The X-37B


    For the last 10 years the US Air Force has been flying a small reusable space plane designated the X-37B, carrying out classified missions in low Earth orbit. This of course makes it something of a magnet for crazy conspiracy theories suggesting it's a weapons platform or it's changing the weather. However it was always pitched as a reusable platform to perform extended experiments in space starting back when it was a joint project with NASA. But NASA left the project after developing new flight control sensors and algorithms, because the purpose of the final product largely replicated capabilities already offered by the Space Station.

    The DoD had similar testing requirements with the extra constraint of keeping the hardware and tests classified, so, the X-37B offers them this capability.

    Photos of X37B in space by Ralph Vandebergh

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  • What Was The Militarys Secret Shuttle Doing In Space?


    The military's shuttle X-37-B Orbital Test Vehicle landed back on Earth this week. What has it been doing in space all this time? Trace investigates.

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    On April 22, the U.S. Air Force launched a mini unmanned shuttle called the Orbital Test Vehicle, also known as the X-37B.

    Secret Military Mini-Shuttle Marks 500 Days in Orbit

    A robotic miniature space shuttle on a classified mission for the U.S. Air Force marked its 500th day in orbit on Friday, with no word about when and where the space plane will land.

    X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, is an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force.

    Preparations Underway For X-37B Landing

    Preparations for the third landing of the X-37B, the Air Force's unmanned, reusable space plane, are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

    X-37B: The Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane

    The U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space plane has flown three clandestine missions to date, carrying secret payloads on long-duration flights in Earth orbit.

    Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane Launches on Third Mission

    An Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, carrying the Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its third classified mission.

    Secretive X-37B Military Space Plane Could Land in California Tuesday

    The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane will return to Earth this week -possibly as early as Tuesday - after 22 months in orbit on a secret mission.

    US military's mysterious X-37B space plane passes 500 days in orbit, but we still have no clue what it's actually doing up there

    For just over 500 days, the US Air Force's mysterious X-37B OTV-3 robotic space plane has been casually orbiting the Earth.

    3 Theories About the Air Force's Mystery Space Plane, X-37B

    The U.S. Air Force is planning another flight of its mysterious X-37B spaceplane, but still won't say what it's doing up there. Here, we examine three theories about the X-37B's purpose.

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  • This Secret X-37B Plane Finally Landed After 780 Days In Orbit


    The Air Force's X37-B plane landed after a record-breaking 780 days in space. But what was the secret plane doing?
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    The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B reusable space plane just set a new record for itself, spending 780 days in orbit on its fifth and longest mission.

    But while the orbiter’s existence and the durations of its missions are known, there’s not a lot of other information available to the public about what exactly the space plane’s doing while it’s up there.

    The X-37B craft is an uncrewed robotic orbiter that resembles a miniaturized space shuttle. Just under 9 meters long and nearly 3 meters tall, with a wingspan of 4.6 meters, the space plane is roughly the size of a school bus, with a cargo bay about a big as a pickup truck’s.

    The project originally started in 1999 under the purview of NASA, but in 2004 it was taken over by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA. From then on, the X-37 was classified, though we do know the project is run by the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office.

    It launches out of Cape Canaveral in Florida, with the latest mission riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 into orbit for the first time, and the last two missions landed right next door to where they launched. It’s believed there are two X-37Bs, and they were built by Boeing’s Phantom Works Division.

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    A Secret Space Plane Just Landed After a Record Stay in Orbit

    The old space shuttle landing facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center received an unusual visitor early Sunday morning when the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane autonomously returned from orbit after a record-breaking mission.

    X-37B: The Air Force's Mysterious Space Plane

    The X-37B has landed! The fifth classified Orbital Test Vehicle mission ended with a successful landing on Oct. 27, 2019.

    US Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands After Record 780-Day Mystery Mission

    The U.S. Air Force's unpiloted X-37B space plane landed back on Earth Sunday (Oct. 27) after a record 780 days in orbit , racking up the fifth ultra-long mission for the military's mini-shuttle fleet.

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  • Final moments of doomed shuttle crew


    (28 Feb 2003) SHOTLIST/SCRIPT
    The video was taken by shuttle crew members as Columbia reentered the Earth's atmosphere on February 1. The videotape was recovered on February 6 near Palestine, Texas, during search and recovery efforts after the tragedy.
    The video is about 13 minutes long and shows flight deck activity beginning as Columbia passes over the south central Pacific Ocean at an altitude of approximately 500-thousand feet. It continues as Columbia moves over the eastern Pacific Ocean, southwest of the San Francisco Bay area.
    The video ends approximately, 11 minutes prior to loss of signal between the orbiter and Mission Control.
    Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark are seen on the flight deck during reentry. In the video, they can be heard conversing among themselves and working through routine checklist activities with flight controllers in Mission Control.
    Mission Specialists Mike Anderson and Dave Brown and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon were on Columbia's mid-deck during reentry.
    The video was shot with a small onboard camera mounted to the right of McCool, who then removes it and hands it to Clark for additional filming.
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  • URBEX | Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttles in Baikonur


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  • Abandoned in the Desert - The Lost Soviet Space Shuttle Buran


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    DarkDocs is a new narrated documentary video from Dark5 taking an in-depth look at at some of the most mysterious stories on Earth. This week: Why did Russia Abandon a Space Shuttle in the Desert? Some experts believe Russia may have built the most sophisticated space plane to ever fly, but it sat for years lost in the desert after only one launch. How did these Soviet Space shuttle clone top its NASA American counterpart, and why did it never fly with its Energia rocket again?

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  • The Disaster of Space Shuttle Columbia | The Falling Star


    Find out why on February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during atmospheric entry.

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  • Astronaut 007 - Spies In Space | NASAs Unexplained Files


    A hidden room is found in NASA's launch complex which reveals a secret mission to send spies into space for surveillance.
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  • X-20 Abandoned Space Shuttle


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    The X-20 Dyna-Soar might be the greatest space bomber that never came to be.

    This single-pilot reusable space plane was envisioned to reach the Earth’s orbit and glide across long distances until it landed unpowered on a runway. This would have resulted in an aircraft that could have been able to engage in an intercontinental nuclear strike mission or fly undetected in reconnaissance missions.

    The Dyna-Soar was conceived after decades of research by pioneers in liquid propeller rockets and hypersonic flight - much of it initiated by Germany during World War II. These men dreamt of a plane that could take off from Germany and bomb the United States in a matter of hours. Years later, with the German scientists now on their side, the U.S Air Force expected to use the Dyno-Soar as a weapon against the Soviets.

    During the plane’s development, astronaut Neil Armstrong became a key figure in figuring out how pilots could eject the glider if the rocket ever exploded.

    The project was far more advanced than other human spaceflight missions of the time. Still, despite its promise, the project was brought down by politics. The Dyno-Soar never had one specific objective, and no other benefits could be found for military purposes, at least publicly. Hints of the design lessons learned from the X-20 can be glimpsed in DARPA’s secretive X-37 that is orbiting the Earth today...

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  • Watch the Space Force launch a Top Secret Space Plane, the X-37B


    This launch of an Atlas V marks United Launch Alliance’s 139th mission. Atlas V is built and launched by ULA. It will ferry the X-37B orbital test vehicle (OTV-6) with the most payloads it has ever carried into a Low Earth Orbit (LEO). For this mission an Atlas V in a 501 configuration will launch from Space Launch Complex (SLC) -41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The primary customer for this launch is the U.S. Space Force.

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  • 1980 Nasa Secret Archive Space Shuttle Enterprise Landing Test Full Documentary Video.


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    Nasa Secret Archive 1980 Space Shuttle Enterprise Landing Test Full Documentary.
    NASA's Hidden Archive Documentary of the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), separating from the SCA in flight, and in free-flight. Footage shows SCA pilots Fitzhugh “Fitz” Fulton and Tom McMurtry heading to the aircraft, and Gordon Fullerton and Fred Haise following a flight in the prototype shuttle. During the nearly one-year-long series of tests, Enterprise was taken aloft on the SCA to study the aerodynamics of the mated vehicles and, in a series of five free flights, tested the glide and landing characteristics of the orbiter prototype.
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  • How Russia Stole a Space Shuttle


    The space race was a heated time in history during the Cold War between Russia and the United States, with each nation trying to advance further than the other in reaching new heights with their space programs in particular. The Russians had the upper hand, until America went all out designing a space shuttle that could go to the moon. This made Russia furious and they sent spies to try and steal the American space shuttle designs! Check out this new amazing video all about the battle between Russia and the US to reach for the stars!


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  • Shuttle Commander Spots Mysterious Objects | NASAs Unexplained Files


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  • Did The Soviets Build A Better Space Shuttle? The Buran Story


    On November 15, 1988, the world learned that the Soviet Union also had their own space shuttle. It had been secretly under development for well over a decade and it had cost the Soviets billions to build it. Several of the spacecraft were in various stages of construction. But the Soviet shuttle, named the Buran, would only ever launch once. Its development had largely been driven by the need to respond to the perceived military potential of the NASA Space Shuttle.

    When the Buran was first launched, the world speculated that it would be used to build Soviet space stations or even assemble spacecraft for a manned mars mission. But as the Soviet Union began to collapse, funding for the Buran program was limited and eventually eliminated.

    There’s no denying that the Buran looks very similar to the Space Shuttle. But in many ways, the Buran was quite different from the NASA Space Shuttle. The Buran orbiter didn’t have integrated main engines. Almost all of its lifting power was provided by a separate super-heavy rocket called Energia, which consisted of a core stage and 4 liquid-fueled boosters. Unlike the Space shuttle, which was a single system, the Buran orbiter, and its lifting rockets were actually two separate systems.

    While the Shuttle, with its integrated engines, was more reusable, in practice, it required intensive maintenance between launches, which offset a lot of this advantage. But once in space, the Space Shuttle’s integrated engines no longer served a purpose. So, for most of the Shuttle’s mission, it was forced to haul around thousands of pounds of dead weight. Without integrated engines, the Buran could carry slightly more payload than the American Space Shuttle. But the Energia rocket could launch by itself, without the Buran attached. That meant it could carry external payloads into space, and could launch an astounding 100 tons. From the outset, the Buran was also capable of fully automated flight, meaning it could be launched, put into orbit and returned back to earth without any crew on board.

    In the final days of the Soviet Union, when it was clear that the American shuttle had no meaningful military potential, the Soviet military no longer wanted anything to do with the Buran. The Soviet space community was left with a spacecraft that was expensive, complex, and largely without a real purpose. #Buran #SpaceRace #Spaceships #SovietSpaceProgram

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  • Boeing X-37B Space Plane - What You Need To Know


    Boeing explains the benefits of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) that the US Air Force uses for secretive missions. -- Latest Mission Hits 700 Days:

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  • How Many Things Are Wrong With This Space Shuttle Image


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  • Space Shuttle Challenger Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript


    Transcript of the cockpit voice recorder set to real time of the Space Shuttle Challenger launch. We remember the astronauts lost: Francis Richard Scobee, Michael Smith, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Christa McAuliffe, and Gregory Jarvis.

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  • Space shuttle Endeavours trek across LA: Timelapse


    Space shuttle Endeavour's final journey was a 12-mile ride from LAX, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park. Here it is in timelapse.

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  • Wonderful Space - Space Shuttle Launch and Landing Highlights


    A variety of camera views showcase the amazing journey into orbit, the space shuttle docked to the International Space Station (ISS) and the voyage home.

  • Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle


    Watch the video to learn more about the Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV).

  • The Secret Space Shuttle


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    Pictured: the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite. It is rumored the space shuttle specifically was built to carry it and other top-secret payloads at the behest of US intelligence and the military... At the height of the US Space Shuttle program in the 1980s and 90s, NASA was never really in full control of its missions. At least 11 top-secret shuttle flights were conducted to honor a deal that dated back to 1969 with the National Reconnaissance Office, or NRO, an organization within the Department of Defense so secretive that its name could not be published at the time. The NRO reportedly requested many classified modifications of the shuttle’s design to suit its clandestine objectives against the Soviet Union in the space race, and the military even hand-picked and trained its own team of 13 shuttle astronauts who would be embedded as payload specialists. Little is known about about their missions, even today...

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  • Best Documentary 2016 Of NASA Secret space Mission


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  • China’s Secret Space Plane Lands at Mysterious Air Base


    Satellite images have just captured a secret Chinese space plane that landed at a mysterious military base near Lop Nur, where China once tested its nuclear weapons. It's a potentially new, dangerous, national security threat from the China space program. The China space race has been heating up, with several China launching several new satellites like the Long March 5 and the Long March 9. And while the US has its own space plane, the X37B, the Center for Strategic and International Studies warns this could be a game changer in the US China relations. Can Elon Musk and SpaceX save us?

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  • US shuttle returns after secret space mission


    US space shuttle returns after 15 month secret mission.

  • The Most Important Space Shuttle Mission Never Happened


    The Space Shuttle was a vehicle designed to do many things, and in a deal with the US Military it was redesigned to make it able to perform a very specific secret mission. The redesign radically changed the Shuttle from the early concepts to the actual design which we saw fly, but, before the shuttle even flew the secret mission had been abandoned.

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  • We Are Going to Die | Secret Space Escapes


    Only the second shuttle launch after the Challenger disaster, the Atlantis takes off on a secret military mission. After lift off, NASA informs the Atlantis of possible tile damage caused by debris at launch. The flight crew then sets about the task of visually verifying the suspicions of mission control.

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  • How We Nearly Lost A Third Shuttle | The Story Of Space Shuttle Atlantis | STS-27


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    This is the story of the space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-27 mission, now i know that this video is a bit different than what we usually do on this channel but ever since I was young the space shuttle has captivated me in a way that no other spacecraft has. 10 year old me was quite saddened to find out about the retirement of the space shuttle. I remember seeing the vehicles that was supposed to replace the space shuttle like the ares launch system and I just could not fathom why we were going back to a capsule from something as cool and majestic as the space shuttle. Even though the space shuttle was a product of the 1980s it looked futuristic. So yeah i have a soft spot for the space shuttle that's why I'm doing this video to look back at a little known sliver of space shuttle history.

    On the second of december 1988, Space shuttle atlantis was on the pad the at launch complex 39B, ready to launch into space, but this mission was no ordinary mission, hidden in the payload bay of the shuttle was a top secret military satellite, well it was top secret at the time, now we know what the payload was, it was a Lacrosse surveillance satellite. It was part of a series of terrestrial radar imaging satellites. But at the time the existence of the satellite was not known to many and it was top secret. Secrecy was woven into this launch, the exact launch time was only made known 24 hours before the launch, all the software they used was classified. I imagine that tensions were high for this launch; this was only the second flight after the loss of the space shuttle challenger and NASA was taking no chances, They did not go ahead with a launch on the previous day as the weather was too unruly. But on the second of december everything looked good. Atlantis went through her go no go polls and all the trans oceanic landing sites were put on alert, sites ranging from airports in england to morocco to diego garcia in the indian ocean, just in case she needed to make an emergency landing should something go wrong.

    At 9:30 am EST the main engines were lit and Atlantis started its journey to space. The launch went off without a hitch and the astronauts got to work. They used the space shuttles robotic arm to deploy the top secret satellite, but something went wrong and the crew had to do a secret space walk, to fix the issue, but the satellite was away and that was the end of that.

    On the 3rd of december 1988 the crew awoke to some troubling news, Their launch had not been as perfect as they had thought. Review of the launch footage had shown that a bit of the Insulator on the right hand solid rocket booster had broken away and the footage also showed the debris impacting the fragile thermal protection system of Atlantis. If the heat shield was damaged there was no way that atlantis would survive the fiery re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. The crew decided to use the mechanical arm to visually inspect the thermal protection system of the TPS, they looked at the forward part of the payload bay near the nose on the starboard side, all looked well the panels were in place, nothing out of the ordinary. But when they got to the belly of the orbiter they looked on in horror. Let me quote an astronaut on board “We could see that at least one tile had been completely blasted from the fuselage,” hundreds of tiles had white scars on them indicating damage, the loss of one tile was probably survivable but they had no idea as to the full extent of the damage that their shuttle had taken. The arm could not be maneuvered to look at the leading edge of the wing, the area that experienced the most heating on reentry. Mission specialist Richard Mullane radios NASA and

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  • Classified Shuttle Mission Monitors an Alien Spacecraft


    Part of a transmission from the space shuttle Discovery back to Houston intercepted by an amateur radio operator includes We still have the alien spacecraft under observance.
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  • The US Air Forces Top-Secret Plane Lands After 2 Years In Orbit — And No One Knows Why


    On May 7, the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida got a loud surprise. One of the Air Force's two secret X-37B space planes announced its re-entry to Earth with a loud sonic boom.

    The plane is part of the Air Force's X-37 program. Not much is known about this program except that the Air Force has launched four missions since 2010.

    Moreover, the plane that returned from orbit on May 7 stayed in space longer than any of the previous three missions. What are those space planes doing up in space?

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  • The Secret Is in the Space Suit


    When Neil Armstrong's space gloves began to develop mysterious spots on the cuff, Smithsonian specialists took a closer look, and what they found was surprising.


  • The Backup Space Shuttle - A Rescue Mission that Never Launched


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    81.7 seconds after launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16, 2003, a dinner-plate sized piece of insulating foam tore off the space shuttle Columbia’s orange external tank and impacted the leading edge of the orbiter's left wing at a relative velocity of 545 miles per hour. The energy from the impact was enough to shatter the orbiter’s thermal protection system - damage that would later allow super-heated atmospheric gases to penetrate the vehicle during reentry. The entire sequence was caught on camera in slow-motion, yet NASA's Debris Assessment Team failed to adequately identify the danger.

    But what if NASA had conducted an in-orbit inspection of the Columbia and determined that it was impossible to get the craft back to earth? In a final report on the accident, released in August of 2003, a section titled “STS-107 In-Flight Options Assessment” laid out a startling possibility. The space shuttle Atlantis was already undergoing preflight checks for a mission to follow two-months after the Columbia launch. Could the Altantis have been sent on a rescue mission in time? It would have been a daring attempt - one never tried before, and one racing against the clock to reach the crew of the Columbia before they ran out of air...

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    The Pentagon's X-37B spaceplane touched down at NASA's Cape Canaveral on Sunday after spending 780 days orbiting the Earth. RT America's John Huddy reports for the News with Rick Sanchez.

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  • Last Second Shuttle Launch Abort


    Launch is considered by many to be one of the most terrifying parts of space travel. Astronaut Tom Jones recalls a time when launch went wrong and was aborted at the last second--after the main engines had fired!

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  • Meet Dream Chaser, The Next-Generation Space Plane | Countdown to Launch


    This new space plane just got one step closer to liftoff, and it could change spaceflight to the ISS in years to come.
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    The Space Shuttle Orbiter is an iconic symbol of human space exploration, and we haven’t seen anything like its unique design since its retirement in 2011.

    Until now.

    Engineers at the Sierra Nevada Corporation’s facility in Colorado are in the early stages of assembling the new space plane, called the Dream Chaser.

    The Dream Chaser is one of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract recipients, and the vehicle will join the fleet of utility spacecraft, like SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Northrop Grumman's Cygnus module.

    But unlike those spacecraft, the Dream Chaser is shaped like a plane, allowing for the space plane to be reused 15 times or more, reducing costs and allowing for quick turnaround between missions.

    The space plane’s shape is not the only thing that makes the Dream Chaser so enticing, the vehicle is also capable of supporting a variety of needs, like landing on runways used to passenger planes; carrying various loads of cargo; supporting a microgravity lab; and disposing of waste from the International Space Station (ISS).

    It can land on runways used for passenger planes; carry various loads of cargo; support a microgravity lab; and dispose of waste from the ISS.

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  • Secret Space Shuttle X-37B


    Video of tracking the secret Air Force space shuttle X-37B. At 1:36 the shuttle flares to several times its normal brightness before returning to the original brightness.

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  • NASAs Mysterious Space Shuttle X37b


    -A secret space shuttle was launched on May 20th, 2015 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
    -The launch didn’t receive a lot of press but now people are starting to question the craft.
    -The shuttle, known as X-37B, is on it’s fourth mission but doing what… no one knows.
    -The last mission completed lasted 675 days and the current one is already at 500 days. Considering the craft was designed for just 270 day missions, this does add to the mystery to the situation
    -Designed by Boeing as the most advanced re-entry spacecraft, the X-37B has a wingspan of only 15 feet and weighs around 11,000 pounds.
    -In comparison it’s TINY when put side by side with the space shuttle orbiter
    -It has been stated that the X-37B is flying at a lower than normal orbit which might suggest they are testing out new propulsion technology.
    -There have been numerous different theories why the unmanned shuttle is up there:
    It’s a spy plane, spying on the chinese
    It’s a space bomber which is even more unlikely
    The craft is up there to take out satellites which would be quite evident if that actually started happening
    The X-37B is deploying satellites which is quite possible, although how many could it deploy being such a small craft itself

    This is one of those mysteries that will probably revealed in time just not right away


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  • How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecraft


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  • How A Gold Bullet Almost Destroyed A Space Shuttle


    In 1999 a landmark Space Shuttle mission came close to suffering a fatal mishap after a gold pin damaged one of the engines and made the shuttle run out of propellant early. However it could have been much worse....

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    The hidden secret behind the Space Shuttle program can be found in the names given to each Shuttle.

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    The shuttle program had five space shuttles, as well as the test orbiter Enterprise. Here are some notable facts about each one.
    While the shuttle program was mostly conducted in space, Enterprise was constructed for drop-and-landing tests in 1977, furthering previous NASA and military work on flying-wing space vehicles. Enterprise successfully did a series of rigorous tests, starting with taxi work and culminating in several free flights and touchdowns. Enterprise was deployed on goodwill tours to several countries, and then became the property of the Smithsonian Institution. It temporarily was displayed at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy airport annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Fairfax, Va., and then moved permanently in 2012 to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

    COLUMBIA (1981-2003): This was the first space shuttle to fly in space. It conducted several test flights, which dealt with early problems with the heat shield and with the automatic landing systems. Operational missions began in 1982. Some of its major mission activities included Spacelab, deploying the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and servicing the Hubble Space Telescope. The last mission, STS-107, ended catastrophically on Feb. 1, 2003, during landing when the shuttle broke up in the atmosphere, killing its seven-person crew. The cause was traced to a foam piece falling off of the external tank during takeoff and smashing into the wing, causing a hole. Several design changes were made to the space shuttle program after Columbia's demise, and a new inspection procedure to look at tiles after launch (while the astronauts were in space) were devised.

    CHALLENGER (1983-1986): Challenger was originally constructed as a test vehicle and then was upgraded for spaceflight. Its major mission milestones included launching the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (which the shuttles used to stay in touch with Mission Control), flying the first American female astronaut (Sally Ride), flying the first African-American (Guion Bluford) and the first astronaut repair of a satellite (the Solar Maximum Mission satellite). The shuttle exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, during liftoff of mission STS-51L, killing all seven astronauts on board. The technical cause was traced to an external booster rocket seal failing, but managerial causes were also blamed – including extensive pressure on the shuttle program to launch frequently. The disaster prompted design changes, a safety review (and changes) of the shuttle program, and a permanent slowdown of shuttle launch frequency.

    DISCOVERY (1984-2011): Discovery's first mission, STS-41D in 1984, underwent a pad abort due to a fuel valve issue, but the mission launched safely a few weeks later and released three communications satellites. It flew 39 missions — the most of any shuttle — and some of the major payloads it released included the Hubble Space Telescope, the sun-bound Ulysses spacecraft and the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite. It even flew Mercury astronaut John Glenn at age 77, making him the oldest person to fly in space to date. Discovery was also the first shuttle to fly return to flight missions after both the Challenger and Columbia disasters. It was decommissioned after its last flight in 2011 and is now displayed at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy airport annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Fairfax, Va.

    ATLANTIS (1985-2011): The first mission of this shuttle was a secret military mission in 1985, for which few details are known even today. Some of its other activities included lobbing three communication satellites into orbit in one mission, launching the Magellan spacecraft toward Venus, launching the Galileo probe toward Jupiter, flying most of the missions of the Shuttle-Mir program, and flying the last space shuttle mission (STS-135 in 2011). The shuttle was decommissioned and is currently on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex near the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

    ENDEAVOUR (1992-2011): Endeavour was constructed out of spare parts from other space shuttles, as a replacement for the Challenger space shuttle that exploded in 1986. During Endeavour's first mission, STS-49 in 1992, crewmembers performed the first three-person spacewalk to bring the hard-to-grasp Intelsat VI satellite into the payload bay for repairs. Endeavour performed several scientifically oriented missions and was the first shuttle to participate in assembly of the International Space Station. After its last mission in 2011, Endeavour was decommissioned and is now on display at the California Science Center.

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