Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Space Plane.

And space planes too. If The Departure was left for another year I think it would be getting out of date.
Thankfully no one has started building robot ‘shepherds’ for crowd control … have they?


When the Air Force launched its secret, robotic space plane this spring, military officials confessed that they weren't exactly sure when it was coming back. More than seven months later, the X-37B landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it was met with Air Force personnel in SCAPE suits (self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble). They gave the robo-orbiter an initial once-over — and made sure the area was safe for humans, too.

3 comments:

Graeme said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-37

Neal Asher said...

Still strikes me as inelegant compared to this: http://www.virgingalactic.com/

Like with the shuttle it's brute power used to win. We could do with something amalgamating the two.

Fred Kiesche said...

Virgin Galactic is nice and pretty...but isn't orbital (yet). This is a military vehicle and has that nice utilitarian military look.