The #X37B Orbital Test Vehicle is considered a top threat by peer adversaries because it is the future of the U.S. #SpaceForce. That’s right… leaving aside the smoke, mirrors and official reasons for the existence of this USV (Unmanned Space Vehicle) the only analysis that makes any real sense when you think about it is that they are nuke/bomb/space-gun carriers.
It is worth pointing out at this point that the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office is leading the Department of Defense’s Orbital Test Vehicle initiative, by direction of the Under Secretary of #Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics and the Secretary of the Air Force.
Translation… the U.S. #AirForce needs a space-plane… something that can pretty much do doughnuts around a satellite of their choosing and/or take shit out from orbit, that can be loaded with a mission specific package and return to Earth for maintenance and reloading. Kind of what the lineup of extremely successful (read: cheap) UAV fleet can do…
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You might also want to watch something else like: “America’s Quest For #Hypersonic Speed: The X-51 WaveRider Story (USAF Documentary + Test Reel)”