Pentagon ready To Unveil and Demonstrate operational Classified Space Weapon

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A smaller winged vehicle (less wing area) can sustain more easily the re-entry.
One problem: X-37 is not human-rated.
At that time (a decade or more ago), there was no Crew-Dragon!
And no MOL analogues to man them. So?
Using the built-in re-entry capabilities of the X-37 means that you don't double down on your total launch mass since the launch-only capsule does not have to host fuel to de-orbit, have a shield etc... Hence more useful cargo to resupply the MOL.
How exactly wasting two boosters instead of one is more reliable?
 

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To close the discussion, it's probably doable:

ModuleGeo1_b.jpg Section1.jpg Section1_WithX37_s.jpg

And what could be a mission patch (hijacked from the X-37b thread):

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Found this somewhat related to the envisioned concept for the X-37b: an ambulance version (although I am skeptical with the prone position of the evacuee facing trajectory head down!):

X-37UCD.jpg

Not particularly what we are discussing here, but shows that this has been thought of.

EDIT: Has anyone a a good 3d model of the X-37b to share?
 

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Well that turned out to be a whole lot of nothing.
 

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I would be very impressed if the "Classified capability" turned out to be X-37 ability to perfom tanker mission to refuel Satellite.
 

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Forry Ackerman had that original model at the big Ackermansion. I saw it in person.

Unlike the platforms in 2001, you immediately knew what it was. ICON from SPACE COWBOYS reminded me of Polyus.
 

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