UFO Buster Radio News – 285: X-37B Returns, Screw Bill Nye, and TTSA $750K Richer Thanks to Uncle Sam
The U.S. Air Force’s unpiloted X-37B space plane landed back on Earth Sunday (Oct. 27) after a record 780 days in orbit , racking up the fifth ultra-long mission for the military’s mini-shuttle fleet.
The X-37B’s Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) mission ended with a smooth autonomous touchdown at the Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 3:51 a.m. EDT (0751 GMT), Air Force officials said. The mission originally launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 7, 2017.
With the successful landing, OTV-5 broke the previous X-37B mission record of 718 days set by the OTV-4 mission in May 2017. OTV-5 is the second X-37B mission to land at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility (OTV-4 was the first), with previous missions landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
“This spacecraft is a key component of the space community. This milestone demonstrates our commitment to conducting experiments for America’s future space exploration,” said X-37B program manager Lt. Col. Jonathan Keen in the Air Force statement. “Congratulations to the X-37B team for a job well done.”
Bill Nye: It’s Space Settlement, Not Colonization
As we prepare to expand our reach in the solar system, we should pay attention to the language we use to describe that endeavor, Bill Nye said.
Nye, the former TV “Science Guy” who heads the nonprofit Planetary Society, thinks we should frame our coming exploration activities in a positive linguistic light.
“In the planetary community, we discourage the use of the verb ‘colonize.’ We prefer ‘settle,'” Nye said Wednesday (Oct. 23) at the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) meeting in Washington, D.C. “Colonizing has gotten a bad rap, understandably.”
That bad rap stems from the violence and oppression that multiple colonizing powers have inflicted on native peoples around the world. Think of the Spanish throughout the Western Hemisphere; the English in North America, India and Australia; the Dutch in South Africa, the Caribbean and Indonesia; and the Belgians in central Africa. (There are, of course, many other examples; this is just a bare-bones list.)
Army Spending 750k to Partner with UFO Group
On Thursday, To the Stars Academy (TTSA) — an alien and UFO research group founded by former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge — announced that it had entered into a partnership with the U.S. Army.
Now, new details on the partnership have emerged — including that the Army is planning to spend at least $750,000 on the partnership.
The document reveals that the partnership will expire in five years unless the parties choose to renew it, and the government will not directly pay TTSA any money under the terms of the deal.
Instead, it will spend an estimated $750,000 on personnel, facilities, equipment, and other resources that TTSA’s COO Kari DeLonge told Motherboard would be “cost-prohibitive to a small startup-like TTSA.”
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