Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Enter the X-37B. It looks a bit like the old shuttle, but without the crew, it's smaller, lighter and cheaper. Because it rides on the nose of a Delta rocket, we don't have to worry about junk falling off some giant fuel tank and best of all, if we lose one, we only lose some money and not men and women.
It's scheduled to be launched today, weather permitting, from Patric Air Force Base, near Cape Canaveral. A larger X-37C space plane will follow. After that, who knows?