Florida space center home to secret spacecraft

Jan 04, 2014

(AP)—Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane.

Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Friday that it will convert a former building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program.

An undisclosed number of workers will recover, refurbish and relaunch the 29-foot(8.8-meter)-long .

The Air Force launched the most recent flight of the unmanned spacecraft from Florida's Space Coast more than a year ago.

It was the second flight for the original X-37B space plane. The craft circled the planet for seven months in 2010. A second X-37B spacecraft spent more than a year in orbit.

The mystery machines are about one-quarter the size of NASA's old space shuttles and can land automatically on a runway.

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ThomasQuinn
not rated yet Jan 04, 2014
Ok, I'll admit that you can't exactly download blueprints for the X-37 (a/b/c), but to call it a "secret spacecraft" is surely a tremendous overstatement of the matter, isn't it?
Mayday
4 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2014
I think I would call it the X-37B reusable unmanned space vehicle (USV). I believe the word "drone" is not quite technically correct. Otherwise it would be the X-37B reusable space drone, which sounds a bit flabby. The craft itself is only mildly secret, but I'd probably refer to the USV as "secretive," to give the narrative some spice. And they should make up stories to cover the missions; I suggest "global warming research. So we have it: the Air Force's secretive X-37C Global Warming Research USV. Nothing more to see here.
Returners
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2014
Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret Air Force space plane.


If it was top secret you wouldn't know about it. At best you'd think it was a UFO, like the other black projects, and have no way to prove definitively what it is until several years after it's de-classified.

Since we've known about this for some time now, it's obviously not top secret.

The families of real people who worked on top secret projects did not even know what they did for a living in some cases.
Osiris1
5 / 5 (1) Jan 05, 2014
Mr Returners, most stuff classified 'top secret' are really secret to no one. If you were EVER on a navy ship and wanted to know where it was going....which was supposed to be a 'secret'........you would ask a cook, a deck swabber, an oiler down in the engineering sections on his movie break when he/she was 'off watch'. You would never ask one that was 'supposed to know' unless you wanted to lose your job or worse. The crew all seemed to know everything; and usually they were right. As for the Air Force, LOTS of airmen with these 'top secret' clearances who cannot even tell their wives what they do..........see all the tawdry details of their supposedly secret jobs aired in public by commentators on television. Clearances are a joke. Security officers will tell you that top secret is the top....NO, it is just the beginning. Really most common use of the 'classified' stamp is to hide corruption and embarrassments.
Captain Stumpy
not rated yet Jan 05, 2014
Mr Returners, most stuff classified 'top secret' are really secret to no one. ...blah... Clearances are a joke. Security officers will tell you that top secret is the top....NO, it is just the beginning. Really most common use of the 'classified' stamp is to hide corruption and embarrassments.


@Osiris1

you MUST be prior service...

Navy or Air Farce Salty dog??

cause you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

of course, the secrecy agreements also allow Uncle Sam to completely destroy your life if you ever let something slip that you signed an agreement on.
Protoplasmix
not rated yet Jan 05, 2014
Air Farce

You know better than that, it's been air-superiority winning battles for decades. Nowadays it's that and technological superiority. If some despot lofts up some new crude device that you wanna do a QVI on, who ya gonna call?

As you were.