Feel free to laugh your guts out or at least to chuckle knowingly at this article in the CSM Air Force to launch X-37 space plane: Precursor to war in orbit?
“For the first time, the service will launch the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, a brand new, unmanned spacecraft to demonstrate the military’s ability to fly into space, circle the globe for months on end, and return intact, only to fly again.”
“Arms control advocates say it is pretty clearly the beginning of a “weaponization of space” – precursor to a precision global strike capability that would allow the US to hover for months at a time over anywhere it chose with little anyone could do about it.”
“…one of the inherent values of the X-37 could be as a maneuverable satellite which could be used to look over China’s shoulder one day, yet evade any attempts to shoot it down.”
While you are free to discuss amongst yourselves, here are my thoughts:
- The shuttle was able to circle the globe.
- The shuttle was reusable.
- The Soviets thought the shuttle should be characterized as a space weapon.
- If the shuttle didn’t have people on board, it could have orbited (not hovered!) for years on end.
- In space, no one can hear you hover–there is no “hovering” in space. Star Trek “orbits’ (yes, those are irony quotes) don’t work.
- It takes a great deal of energy to move an orbiting object–evading (as in “Maverick, look out!”) ain’t happening.
Carpe hover or “seize the space hook.”