Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Interesting spaceplane test upcoming

The USAF/Boeing Orbital Test Vehicle is slated for an April 19 launch. The media and others are harping on how this is a "secret" program for space weapons, but the effort isn't classified: it just has not been trumpeted in press releases. That's being low-key, but it's not being "secret." The OTV, about 9m long and just under 5m in wingspan, is a testbed for possible future, more capable, reusable unmanned spacecraft.

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