Two years in orbit: the American spacecraft X-37B is becoming more dangerous

A few days ago, the U.S. Air Force successfully returned the X-37B spacecraft to Earth. The mysterious drone set another record while in low Earth orbit for more than two years, 780 days. Given the obvious military focus of the American project, behind which the DARPA agency stands, it raises a lot of questions.

The Boeing X-37 was developed in the late nineties, initially through NASA. Visually, this orbital aircraft is a smaller unmanned copy of the Shuttle. However, in 2004, the project passed into the hands of DARPA, which in itself says a lot. This Pentagon structure responsible for developing breakthrough of technologies military and maintaining US superiority. It is significant that the agency was created in response to the launch of the USSR's first satellite. Therefore, it is not surprising that DARPA seized on a space drone. What advanced American developments should Russia be wary of?

Immediately we make a reservation that because of the increased secrecy, we have to be content with bits of information that allows us to conjecture everything else. Without claiming the ultimate truth, we indicate the following possible directions of experiments conducted in the orbit of the Boeing X-37.

At firstThanks to the capacious cargo compartment, a couple of thermonuclear warheads W87 / Mk21 can be placed on the American space UAV, which we will find out only at the last moment. Until then, the X-37B will spin in orbit for years. That is, theoretically, we have before us a prototype of a space strategic bomber, against which there is no adequate missile defense system yet.

Secondly, the drone is capable of performing active maneuvers in orbit. Heights are available from 200 to 750 kilometers. This is an extremely unpleasant feature for those who would like to “land” it if necessary. It also means that the Boeing X-37 is capable of approaching foreign spacecraft, reconnaissance satellites, and more. There is evidence that the UAV opened its hatches, from where the American microsatellite-cubsats could have come.

That is, the US Air Force was able to destroy or take control of the orbital military infrastructure of potential adversaries. By the way, during the implementation of the X-37B mission, the Russian GLONASS system lost three satellites. Other explanations are possible, but the coincidence in time is alarming.

Thirdly, the question arises, how does a drone manage to remain active and maneuverable in orbit for such a long time. In theory, its fuel reserves are very limited. It is possible that Americans are experiencing a new type of fuel or a type of engine, for example, electroplasma. According to indirect information, they work with a radiator called Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader II, which can be used in nuclear engines or in laser systems (guns).

Finally, it is noteworthy that to launch a military drone, the American Falcon 9 rocket was chosen instead of the usual Atlas V, where Russian engines are located. The US Air Force is clearly against dependence on our country in its military projects, which also indicates a lot.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 1 November 2019 12: 11
    Yes ...
    But next to the article that we again have a breakthrough in drones, and in engines, and in technology, and in space, and in general by 2025 we will overtake everyone ....
    1. Conn Offline Conn
      Conn (Conn) 2 November 2019 23: 03
      This drone is the same "breakthrough" as the "flight" to the moon ... I think that our VKS solved the problem with this ovsky toy a long time ago ...
  2. sgrabik Offline sgrabik
    sgrabik (Sergei) 1 November 2019 15: 06
    It is impossible not to notice the fact of the creation of this space shuttle and its long stay in orbit, it is necessary to develop an "antidote" for it, and for this it is necessary to obtain maximum information about it with the help of our spacecraft, satellites - inspectors.
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 1 November 2019 20: 34
    The bad thing is not that the United States has it, the bad thing is that even in the near future, nothing similar is being worked out for us.
    1. Conn Offline Conn
      Conn (Conn) 2 November 2019 23: 05
      They simply didn’t report to you, metallurgist!
  4. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
    Syoma_67 (Semyon) 1 November 2019 22: 37
    ... the period of the X-37B mission for the Russian GLONASS system failed three satellites.

    - as I did not immediately guess, of course, the Americans are to blame!
    1. topograf Offline topograf
      topograf (topograf) 3 November 2019 04: 30
      This is an assumption. Therefore, your sarcasm is more than not appropriate!
      1. Syoma_67 Offline Syoma_67
        Syoma_67 (Semyon) 8 November 2019 00: 22
        This assumption is in all the troubles of Russia, if something happens, then the Americans are almost always to blame, directly or indirectly.
  5. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 2 November 2019 02: 04
    So, the X-37B is like a cold shower! .... "without noise and dust" (and without "cartoons"!) This American contraption, stuffed with breakthrough technologies, flies for a long time in space .... to all other "partners", Probably, there is no need to be complacent with momentary achievements (technical and propaganda), if such an X "hovers over your head" ?! sad
  6. Screw Offline Screw
    Screw (Gennady) 2 November 2019 06: 31
    Maybe more dangerous. How to check? Maybe a S-500 bedroom? Or X-ray laser sensors?
  7. topograf Offline topograf
    topograf (topograf) 3 November 2019 04: 36
    From this "news" many fell into a stupor, and, as always, there is a way out and it is announced by the GDP:

    If there will be no RUSSIA in this World, then why do we (Russia) need such a World ?!

    Let them be afraid of the seas - oceans, because no "breakthrough" technology will help them if they decide to "play pranks" !!!
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 24 December 2019 21: 13
      It looks more like a stupor:

      If there will be no RUSSIA in this World, then why do we (Russia) need such a World ?!

      Maybe it's worth fighting for him (for the world) (to work, for example) and not to scare everyone in a row with the "only" way out - someone to heaven, and someone else where. recourse
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