X37 earns an Asian holiday?

Americas latest drone makes a triumphant return from over a year in space doing lord knows what!

X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), US Air Force‘s unmanned, reusable space plane/shuttle, landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 5:48 a.m. on June 16.

‘Secret’ X-37B spacecraft lands in California

The X-37B is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.

That sounds like a mighty mine fine operation, but what did they tell us?

“Experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.”

Well what are the uses, what is planned for this technology, is it for military purposes or strictly scientific?

A bit more information please!

The Air Force is preparing for another launch of the X-37B from Cape Canaveral Air Force station sometime in 2012 aboard an Atlas V booster. This will be a re-flight of the first X-37B OTV, which was successfully recovered at Vandenberg Dec. 3, 2010, after 224 days on orbit.

We see NASA increasingly lending a hand to their military buddies, developing game changing technology. It is no secret that the organization has fallen on hard times financially; a slice of that huge defense budget would be tempting. Again the use of drones has been favored, as is the norm now, but where ever they go controversy soon follows.

The Thai government has been going back and forth trying to make a decision in recent days; they need to decide if they should allow NASA access to a base in Thailand.

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied that the absence of a United States’ request to use U-tapao airport in Rayong Thailand from a recent cabinet meetings agenda this Tuesday was a sign the government was backing away from the plan that was under talks between the space organization and the country.

The US had requested to use U-tapao, in Rayong province a few hours from the Thai capital Bangkok, to conduct a regional climate study by Nasa sometime between August and September of this year. (Climate study that’s what they call it these days, I prefer spying)

This request was expected to be discussed during a mobile cabinet meeting after Thai armed forces made no objection to the request, but Ms Yingluck announced it was off the agenda.

“The issue will be tabled to the cabinet when details are clear. If it requires parliamentary approval, we will do as required,” the premier said.

Suspicious minds: Critics fear a hidden US agenda. However, she denied speculation that the government was backing off, Critics of the scheme are concerned the programme could affect ties with other countries. China has a very close relationship with Thailand and Russia has also been making new deals of late.

So is there any justification for such suspicion has there been any recent spying activities in space?

Back in April of this year A West Coast Delta 4 rocket was launched with a NROL-25 payload. The Delta IV rocket lifted off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg again?

This rocket contained a form of spy technology – thought to be a hi-tech replacement for America’s ageing fleet of radar satellites.

Only this month a secretive government agency that flies spy satellites the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) made a stunning gift to NASA: two exquisite telescopes both as big and as powerful as the Hubble Space Telescope. They’re currently in storage in Rochester, N.Y.(maybe until the Thais give them okay to use their base)

The telescopes were built by private contractors for the National Reconnaissance Office, one of 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. The telescopes have 2.4-meter (7.9-foot) mirrors, just like the Hubble, but they have 100 times the field of view. Their structure is shorter and squatter.

They’re “space qualified,” as NASA puts it, but they’re a long way from being functioning space telescopes. They have no instruments — there are no cameras. More than that, they lack a funded mission and all that entails, such as a scientific program, support staff, data analysis and office space. They seem perfect, what self-respecting spy outfit would want technology from another group in its equipment; these things seem ready for an upgrade. Atlas V Rocket Launch: Top-Secret U.S. Satellite Takes Off

Well maybe we can see what is going on here, Obama recently said that the US wanted to make inroads into the Asia region, couple this with the escalation of tensions over Syria, using a drone to launch a spy satellite over this region and specifically two countries that have been teaming up and opposing US interests makes sense.

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A couple of satellites keeping a watchful eye on China and Russia would be a dream come true for them.

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