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Old 09-11-2017, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by BigRIJoe
So why the launch vehicle switch for the X-37B?

"Guaranteed access to space"... IOW, if the Atlas it usually launches on blew up due to faulty Russian engines or something, they have a ready backup.

Plus, it's a reusable unmanned spaceplane. Just makes sense to launch it on a (mostly) reusable rocket... IOW, it's what NASA SHOULD have done 10-15 years ago...

If/when SpaceX decides to recover the second stage, this combination would be a fully reusable orbital vehicle. How cool is that??

Later! OL J R
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