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Offline airrocket

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AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« on: April 08, 2010, 08:57:12 pm »
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Re: AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 09:23:27 pm »
So should we set up an office pool to take bets on how far along the program will get before its cancelled?
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Re: AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 09:42:51 pm »
So should we set up an office pool to take bets on how far along the program will get before its cancelled?

Think it will get the X-69 designation?

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Re: AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010, 06:53:21 am »
Too big and overspecified... There's no way to know that boostback will be "the best" solution for an RLV first stage.

I wonder if you could just modify some big missiles to test the turn? Notice that air launch is allowed in the specs.

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Re: AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 07:06:09 am »
Could be the booster for the X-37B. Or just a conceptual replacement for the Atlas and Delta ELV's.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/59838

https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=cfa4ef29350c55aafabbb6ac5d1f6aff&tab=core&_cview=0

Nothing related to X-37.  X-37 is not an operational vehicle nor does it have an operational mission.

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Re: AFRL's Rocket-back Pathfinder X-37B Booster
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2010, 08:39:44 am »
I agree that the topic should be changed to something like AF Rocket-back RLV Pathfinder...