Re: Low Earth Orbit - Combat Manueverable


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Message posted by Vern on May 02, 2018 at 18:53:24 PST:

A late reply, but possibly useful tot eh conversation.

Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s there was talk of a "bouncer" aerospace craft that would dive into the atmosphere to enable it to aerodynamically turn and change course and then climb back out of the atmosphere to return to space flight.

I observed a craft make such a maneuver back in 1993-1994 during the early AM hours. It came in looking like a fast moving satellite that suddenly got brighter and then executed a 180 degree turn before dimming to its previous brightness and leaving my field of view after a few minutes.

Shortly afterwards several air traffic controllers at my base were awarded medals for their work with "Classified aircraft, Classified mission" during the timeframe that I saw "the satellite do a U-turn." I was at the awards ceremony and the "Classified aircraft, Classified mission" were the exact words the colonel spoke.

Go figure.


In Reply to: Re: Low Earth Orbit - Combat Manueverable posted by Griffon_314 on March 14, 2018 at 18:10:48 PST:

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