The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned X-37B space plane was launched into space for the third time in 2 years today. It's prior missions, the latest of which returned to Earth prematurely in June 2012 following a one year deployment, has been unequivocally explained by the Zetas.
"More evidence that the establishment has been struggling with satellite failure emerges!
Large arrays of land based telescopes are being placed in S Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, all to peer at Planet X because the establishment has seen the damage that the debris in the tail of Planet X can do to satellites. How else to establish when it is time to duck into their bunkers? When satellites are blinded by debris, and man is left to peer through a dust clogged sky, how will they know when the hour of the Pole Shift has arrived? How are they to know when the largest moons of Planet X are slinging in their direction?
Why reveal now, at this time, that this X-37B plane has already been in the skies, above the atmosphere? The time is rapidly approaching when the public will be aware of the presence of Planet X in the inner solar system, aware of the threat, and putting this all together with prophecy and legend. They will be demanding to know what their governments will do for them. At what point should they leave their jobs and head for the hills? The X-37B, and similar means of peering at the Planet X complex, will be trotted forth for reassurance. “We will tell you when it is time to panic” will be the reassurance. This will hardly reassure a public that now realizes they had been lied to for decades, but this is the establishment’s plan."
Secret Space Plane Blasts Off For Another Mystery Mission
The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday hidden on top of an Atlas V rocket. As if on cue, clouds quickly swallowed up the rocket as it disappeared out over the ocean.
It is the second flight for this original X-37B space plane. The craft circled the planet for seven months in 2010. A second X-37B spacecraft spent more than a year in orbit.
These high-tech mystery machines -- 29 feet long -- are about one-quarter the size of NASA's old space shuttles and can land automatically on a runway. The two previous touchdowns occurred in Southern California; this one might end on NASA's three-mile-long runway once reserved for the space agency's shuttles.
The military isn't saying much if anything about this new secret mission known as OTV-3, or Orbital Test Vehicle, flight No. 3. In fact, launch commentary ended 17 minutes into the flight and a news blackout followed.
But one scientific observer, Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, speculates the spaceplane is carrying sensors designed for spying and likely is serving as a testbed for future satellites. He dismisses rumors of "exotic ideas" for the X-37B as weaponry or shadowing a Chinese satellite.
While acknowledging he does not know what the spaceplane is carrying, McDowell said on-board sensors could be capable of imaging or intercepting transmissions of electronic emissions from terrorist training sites in Afghanistan or other hot spots. "All the sorts of things that spy satellites generally do," he said.
The beauty of a reusable spaceplane is that it can be launched on short notice based on need, McDowell said.
What's important about this flight is that it is the first reflight.
"That is pretty cool," McDowell said, "reusing your spacecraft after a runway landing. That's something that has only really been done with the shuttle."
Now retired museum pieces, NASA's space shuttles stretch 122 feet long, and have 78-foot wingspans and weights of more than 170,000 pounds. They were launched, from 1981 to 2011, with two strap-on booster rockets and an external fuel tank feeding three main engines. The X-37B wingspan is 15 feet, and the 11,000-pound, Boeing-built vessel requires the United Launch Alliance's hefty Atlas V for hoisting. It is solar powered.
The two previous secret X-37B flights were in 200-plus-mile-high orbits, circling at roughly 40-degree angles to the equator, as calculated by amateur satellite trackers. That means the craft flew over the swatch between 40 degrees or so north latitude and 40 degrees or so south latitude.
That puts Russia's far north out of the space plane's observing realm, McDowell noted.
"It might be studying Middle Eastern latitudes or it might just be being used for sensor tests over the United States," he said.
McDowell speculates that this newest flight will follow suit.
The International Space Station, by comparison, orbits about 250 miles (400 kilometers)high but at a much steeper 51.6-degree inclination, or angle to the equator, that covers more territory.
The X-37B program, which dates back to 1999, is operated by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and geared toward space experimentation.
Some scientists - like Laura Grego of the Union of Concerned Scientists - argue the Air Force could accomplish the same objectives by using cheaper, more efficient spacecraft that either burn up on entry or parachute down.
"The ability to return to Earth carries a high price," Grego said in a statement.