Secret automatic vehicle X-37B, was launched into space on 20 may the us air force, noticed in earth orbit Amateur astronomers. As we are told by the experts, the location of the device States "with amazing accuracy".
"Observers noted the article in the orbit height from 312 to 325 kilometers, inclined at 38 degrees to the equator. This time he is in a lower orbit than ever before", said the famous in the USA Amateur astronomer Ted Molchan.
The specialist additionally stated that the "backbone of the orbit", in other words its projection on the surface of the Earth, "is repeated almost every 2 days". "Often renewable projection of the orbit has always been characteristic of this program. This may be indicative of intelligence the nature of the mission or to declare that thus the craft easier to manage," said Molchan TASS.
Program X-37 has existed for a couple of years, is considered to be absolutely secret. The Pentagon confirms its presence, but almost no reports about the details. Adepts space command U.S. air force only inform about new flying such ships and their return to Earth, indicating each time that the unit "conducted on-orbit experiments" and its purpose is closed.
Current combat flight of the Shuttle was the fourth one. Prior occurred from April to December 2010 and from March 2011 to June 2012, and from December 2012 to October 2014. During the end of the flight the ship was in orbit for 674 days. According to the North American media, in the possession of the U.S. air force there are currently 2 ships from Seria-37. With regard to industrial characteristics of the army of the shuttles - they are 4 times less own civilian predecessors. Their length is approximately 9 meters, and a wingspan of 4.5 meters.
A number of specialists see in the X-37B space model of the future interceptor that allows to inspect and when you need to remove the enemy's satellites. The Ministry rejects this. Under the official version, trial orbital liner is an unmanned test reusable space platform applications, which are specialized for testing promising space technologies.
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