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The US Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is attached to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Shadowy Air Force X-37B Space Plane Soon to Break Orbital Record

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The US Air Force’s most secretive plane, the X-37B, is just eight days away from breaking the record for longest orbital mission undertaken by a space plane. The unmanned vehicle is competing against itself, as the X-37B already holds this record with a 674 day flight.

Whether the X-37B will break the record or not, however, is up to the Air Force, which is famously tight-lipped about the 29-foot craft. In the past they have failed to alert the press to space plane tests until after the mysterious missions are complete and the vehicle is safely back on the ground.

When asked about the mission’s end date, Air Force spokeswoman Captain AnnMarie Annicelli said this by email: “The landing date will be determined based on the completion of the program’s on-orbit demonstrations and objectives for this mission.”

The alleged purpose of the X-37B is to test the viability of various technologies while in orbit – thus its alternative name of Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). However, the main payload of all four X-37B missions to date has been classified from the public.

Military, aerospace and conspiracy fans alike hold an interest in the X-37B. It is one of the Pentagon’s biggest mysteries, and theories range from it being a spy satellite to a space weapons testing platform to a weather-controlling climate dominator (though perhaps the originators of that theory were watching too much GI Joe.)

Compounding that is the fact that all previous X-37B missions have ended at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, which was heavily associated with the STAR WARS missile defense system in the 1980s.

The Pentagon has denied the seedier rumors, insisting that their plane’s purpose is to serve as “an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the US Air Force.”

“Technologies being tested in the program include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal-protection systems, avionics, high-temperature structures and seals, conformal reusable insulation, lightweight electromechanical flight systems, advanced propulsion systems and autonomous orbital flight, re-entry, and landing,” according to the X-37B’s fact sheet.

In February, rumors circulated that the X-37B was actually going to make a secretive landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida instead of Vandenberg. The reports were denied by the Air Force, which claimed the KSC’s preparations for a landing were simply a training exercise.

They have taken a step back on that now, as Annicelli said that “while the program has the capability to land at either KSC or Vandenberg, the landing location is determined by a variety of factors.”

The previous X-37B mission began in 2012 and lasted for 22 months. That voyage shattered the orbital endurance record set by – you guessed it – the previous X-37B mission.

Syrian Army Claims They Shot Down Israeli Jet After Strike Near Palmyra, IDF Says No

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by Geoffrey Grider

The Syrian Army says Israeli military jets hit a “military target” near Palmyra in a raid overnight. In retaliation the jets were targeted by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles.

According to a Syrian Army statement, a total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning, Reuters reports. Syria’s air defenses shot down one of the Israeli jets over “occupied ground” and damaged another.

The Israeli Army confirmed it had conducted airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reported. However, the IDF insists that none of the jets was harmed.

“At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF [Israeli Air Force] aircraft compromised,” an Israeli military spokesman said.

Following the breach of the country’s airspace, the Syrian Army warned Israel of “direct” retaliation “with all means at its disposal,” Haaretz reports.

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Earlier, a spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) told Sputnik that Israeli military jets were targeted by anti-aircraft missiles after they struck several targets in Syria.

“I can say that the sirens were the result of the incident,” an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson told Sputnik, referring to the launch of missiles at Israeli planes that carried out attacks on targets in Syria.

After Israeli Air Force planes struck several targets in Syria on Thursday night, Damascus retaliated by activating its air defense systems and firing a number of missiles at Israeli jets, according to Haaretz.

None of the missiles struck the jets, but one was intercepted by a missile defense system north of Jerusalem, Haaretz reports, adding there were no Israeli casualties in the incident.

“Overnight IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft targeted several targets in Syria. Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF (Israel Defence Force) Aerial Defence Systems intercepted one of the missiles,” the military said in its statement, as cited by Reuters.

A rocket siren was heard at around 3:00am Friday morning in the Jordan Valley area, after which witnesses heard an explosion. The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were a result of Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reports. source



Geoffrey Grider | March 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Tags: Syrian Army | URL: http://wp.me/p1kFP6-cCw

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Aangeleverd door: Sam Jansen

Erdogan wil dat Europese Turken minstens vijf kinderen krijgen

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