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Secret shuttle launched in April
Skywatchers lose it for two weeks
Orbit change shows stealth ability
AMATEUR astronomers are enjoying a cat-and-mouse game with the US military in keeping track of its secret space plane, the X-37B.
The X-37B was launched in April amid much publicity, but scant detail about its true use.
Built by Boeing's Phantom Works division, the X-37B program was originally headed by NASA.
It was later turned over to the Pentagon's research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force unit.
Only a very select few in the US military know what it's for, but observers on Earth believe they're putting together the puzzle piece by piece.
Originally posted by superluminal11
First of all that isn't the craft they use. Think about it. Why would they call it secret yet present it to the public.
Remember the parallel space program. What they present to the public isn't the reality that is taking place in space behind closed doors.
I am playing the decoy card.
Originally posted by mars1
This is a picture of the secret X-37B shuttle
Originally posted by Aggie Man
Looking at the photograph of the x-37B, a quote from Star wars comes to mind...When Luke first sees the Millennium Falcon..."What a piece of junk".
It certainly isn't pretty, but I suppose it doesn't have to be pretty in order to get the job done.
Originally posted by upgrayedd
I'm more interested in the design of the craft than what it's actually doing up there. To me, this looks like a drone. It doesn't have any windows and it really doesn't look too large.
I can't imagine that thing holding too much cargo or even crew for that matter. So maybe it's designed to be an orbital spy plane that can be remotely controlled.