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Top Secret USAF Space Plane Completes 15-Month Mission
2012-06-17 05:35:11

After spending one year and three months orbiting the Earth, an unmanned Air Force space plane completed its top secret mission early Saturday morning, successfully touching down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets have reported. According to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, the autonomous X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, touched down at 5:48am PDT. The...

Secret Military Space Plane Could Be Landing Today
2012-06-15 13:04:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The Air Force is making landing preparations for its super-secret X-37B unmanned space plane at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. According to various media outlets, Air Force officials said depending on weather conditions, the landing for the unmanned space plane could take place on Friday. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice," Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, said...

X-37B
2012-05-31 15:39:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June. The exact date on which the unmanned spaceplane enters back into the Earth's atmosphere is dependent on weather and other conditions, but the Air Force said on Wednesday it expects the landing to occur in early to mid-June. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's...

X-37B Passes One Year Milestone, Still In Orbit
2012-03-09 09:04:34

The US Air Force´s X-37B spacecraft, an experimental miniature space shuttle launched last March, has just passed the one year mark in space, with no signs of returning to Earth anytime soon. The spacecraft, designed to spend up to nine months in Earth´s orbit, was launched March 5, 2011. X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV) -- the military´s follow up to the X-37 --  has been in orbit one year and two days, and is on a purely scientific endeavor, according to...

Human And Humanoid Perform First Handshake In Space
2012-02-16 12:22:26

[ Watch the Video ] Daniel Burbank, current commander of the International Space Station crew, has taken a new step in orbit by becoming the first human to shake hands with a humanoid robot in space. Burbank shook hands with Robonaut after ground controllers activated computer software that enabled the robot to extend its right hand, fingers outstretched. "The first human-humanoid handshake in space," Burbank said as the months of testing the Robonaut finally came to an end....

Robotic Beast Of Burden Makes Outdoor Debut
2012-02-09 05:29:57

[ Watch the Video ] The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is previewing a mechanical beast of burden that would help lighten the load for soldiers. The machine named AlphaDog and built at Boston Dynamics is shown in a newly released video trekking outside in the woods. The video shows the robot raising itself with a load under its own power. Then it manages to negotiate different terrains, going uphill, downhill, and through the woods avoiding obstacles like holes in the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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