U.S. X-37B space fighter flying 270 days of continuous radar monitoring is not easy being
7:52 minutes on the evening of 22 local time, the Air Force’s X-37B space plane launched
United States X-37B space plane in the rail analog picture
BEIJING, April 23, according to Hong Kong “Ta Kung Pao,” Dow Jones reported that the movie “Star Wars”, the fighters in the battle scenes in space may soon achieve! U.S. Air Force is classified as top secret X-37B unmanned space planes, 22 will launch the first test flight in Florida. Questioned, X-37B is not simply a reusable space planes, but the U.S. willing to reduce nuclear weapons after the secret weapon that can attack the Earth within two hours any target space fighter, more dangerous than nuclear bombs.
R & D for more than ten years of X-37B, was developed by the military. U.S. media said the data released, X-37B is about 8.2 m, a wingspan of 4.6 meters, the size of the space shuttle is about 1/4. From the exterior design point of view, with the United States more like a traditional space shuttle, but it uses a double vertical tail design, which has a number of active duty with the United States is similar to heavy fighter, so it is likely to become the world’s first aircraft space fighter.
Not only that, as in the X-37B will extend into the orbit solar panels generate electricity, so you can fly in Earth orbit of 270 days, the future may carry small satellites into Earth orbit, to perform military tasks then back to Earth.
X-37B is scheduled to U.S. time 22 Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Center from the “Atlas V” launch vehicle, is expected to complete its task, independent way to glide back to earth. X-37B unworthy of astronauts, space exploration can be independently complete a variety of tasks. Air Force refused to disclose the X-37B first flight will perform what tasks.
can fly 270 days
the outside world has little knowledge of the X-37B, except that NASA and Boeing in 1999 as a research and development lower cost than the space shuttle, reusable space planes, but plans in 2004 but shelved because of funding problems, replaced by the Air Force took over since then become a top-secret military project.
Blair said, X-37B reached a top speed of 25 times the speed of sound, but also carry solar panels, to perform a maximum period of 270 days in space missions. She told SPACE.com, said that in the design of space planes from the ground for around 203-926 km low Earth orbit.
space fighter can cruise in space, but also into the atmosphere attack mission, once developed, will make the U.S. into a “2 hours and the global fight against circle”, in a single operation to destroy enemy satellites and incoming missiles, and reconnaissance over in the theater, greatly increasing the U.S. military deterrence.
radar is difficult to capture
space plane’s secret lies in its power plant. Simple analogy, the space plane is to our original combination of rockets and aircraft, the performance of these two conventional weapons together, so it’s combat effectiveness will be doubly amplified. This is a “space fighter” of the prototype.
Yong-Chun Liang Chinese military observers believe that the future of military space planes can afford the major tasks in the area There are several aspects: First, investigation, first, air strikes, then there are anti-satellite, the anti-missile class of space combat. Because it is flying too fast, not to mention other countries to intercept it, is to see are not clear, it should be able to fly the fastest for more than 25 times the speed of sound, it can out of the shackles of gravity, to fly outside the atmosphere, Earth orbit. So fast, then the existing radar technology, basically it is very difficult to capture it.