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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: cmdrkeenkid
At the same time, they're developing new optics while it's up there. Some incredible things that are going to revolutionize optics as we know it. We may finally get to read license plates from orbit, or newspaper headlines.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: KissMyWookiee
A weapon mission, or a mission of recon or infiltration of a foreign satalite would be so closely compartmentalized that we wouldn't even know about the craft.
They have ways of launching objects into LEO without the public knowing, sea-based launches for one. They wouldn't need to utilize Vanderburg or any other conventional launch facility for a top secret program.