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originally posted by: Swills
a reply to: jaws1975
The shuttle once belonged to NASA but the article describes it as an orphan who has been adopted by the USAF. So it's military and definitely classified. Years down the road I'm sure someone will file a FOIA request netting some info.
It is the military so I'm definitely aboard the spying theory but chances are that shuttle is multitasking from spying to science to tech and everything else in between.
Secret two year orbital mission? Sounds very interesting, I wonder what they're up too. My guess, spy games.
It was rather loud, and was taking off at an almost horizontal angle.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: ThirdEyeofHorus
So what? There are probably hundreds of military owned satellites in space since the start of the space program. That doesn't mean that there are weapons up there. Just because the Air Force owns it doesn't mean they're putting weapons in space. Quite a few things that are perfectly harmless can be done better in space than they can be on earth.