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Old 05-07-2013, 04:32 AM   #21
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Lots of times the government does things just to see if they can be done. There doesn't have to be a grand plan and quite frequently it's hard to discern that there ever was a plan.

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Lots of times the government does things just to see if they can be done. There doesn't have to be a grand plan and quite frequently it's hard to discern that there ever was a plan.
Ya mean like JFK vowing to put a man con the moon?
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Ya mean like JFK vowing to put a man con the moon?
Nah more like LBJ's "War on Poverty"
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That better than a mile a second! It would not take long to get from coast to coast at that rate!

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That better than a mile a second! It would not take long to get from coast to coast at that rate!

Do ya think that a pioneer could have imagined traveling from St. Joe to the Willamette valley in 20 minutes??
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Ya mean like JFK vowing to put a man con the moon?
Going to the moon was a hell of a lot better use of our money and people than fighting wars without realistic objectives and entitlement programs that can't possibly be funded to the levels required for sustainment.

What's sad is that we didn't continue with our exploration objectives. We have the technology, right now and today, to put a man on Mars.

We can and should continue our space exploration and stop wasting money and lives killing people who can't read and write their own names.
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Going to the moon was a hell of a lot better use of our money and people than fighting wars without realistic objectives and entitlement programs that can't possibly be funded to the levels required for sustainment.

What's sad is that we didn't continue with our exploration objectives. We have the technology, right now and today, to put a man on Mars.

We can and should continue our space exploration and stop wasting money and lives killing people who can't read and write their own names.
Well said. But money wasted in those wars is a mere pittance compared to the amount wasted on buying votes for the democRAT party, through social programs.

The cost of Obamacare alone could put a COLONY on Mars.
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The one that has me wondering is the X-37, I really wonder what it was doing the 6 months or so it was up in space on the 2 missions it has flown.
There are websites out there that I've seen dedicated to narrowing that very question down. Composed mostly of amateur satellite skywatchers, they video observable overflights and compute general trajectories of these flights. Also, I would imagine much of its 2 test flights involved the launch and possible recovery of specialized micro satellites it carries in its cargo bay.
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There are websites out there that I've seen dedicated to narrowing that very question down. Composed mostly of amateur satellite skywatchers, they video observable overflights and compute general trajectories of these flights. Also, I would imagine much of its 2 test flights involved the launch and possible recovery of specialized micro satellites it carries in its cargo bay.
Could you post up one or two sites you've piqued my curiosity!
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Could you post up one or two sites you've piqued my curiosity!
Some options-

1.) Mainly (although not practical if your not really into this kinda stuff) is a general satellite watcher mailing list. These guys are
"ON THE BALL" with this stuff, and are the ones with the best unfiltered tracking data.

http://mailman.satobs.org/mailman/listinfo/seesat-l

-> Example of a message concerning the X-37: http://satobs.org/seesat/Aug-2010/0249.html


2.) Traditional websites

http://www.spacedaily.com/# (General space news but was putting out good stuff when the x-37 was flying)

http://www.n2yo.com/ (Real time satellite tracking and predictions)

http://www.heavens-above.com/
Summary for the X-37b -> http://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?
satid=39025&lat=0&lng=0&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=U CT



Interestingly, some of you were discussing the SR-71 earlier messages. The X-37b actually brings back a lot of the usefulness that made the SR-71 so effective when compared to fixed satellites, eg; the capability of customizing sensor packages for specific missions, instead of one size fits all approach when using traditional sats. Basically, X-37B can deliver the best of both worlds. Not only that, word is they can "fly" it during re-entry to such an extent that it has the capability to be launched and landed in an orbit or less making tracking extremely difficult even for nation-states.(or so they speculate)
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