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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

X-37-C Human-rated Mini-Shuttle in Works?

Arthur Grantz, chief engineer of Space and Intelligence Systems' Experimental Systems Group at Boeing, indicated last year that the U.S. Air Force and Boeing are already on the way toward developing a manned Shuttle replacement based on the X-37B robot space plane.
Grantz says that the X-37B's successor, the larger X-37C, could be used as a cargo ship for the International Space Station. There are already several spacecraft in service and under development that could do that, but Grantz says that the X-37C could also be easily modified to carry passengers, noted Leonard David last year.

The Boeing X-37B robotic space plane — also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or OTV — is being operated by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, toting top-secret payloads into Earth orbit. More from the USAF,  Forbes, and NASASpaceflight.

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