posted on Mar, 6 2011 @ 10:22 PM
More info here: www.globalsecurity.org...
Note the following:
"The Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Maneuver Vehicle (SMV) is a small, powered space vehicle technology demonstrator. An eventual operational
version could function as the second stage-to-orbit vehicle as well as a reusable satellite with a variety of available payloads. SMV could perform
missions such as:
■Filling gaps in satellite constellations
■Rapid deployment of Space Maneuver Vehicle constellations
■Identification and surveillance of space objects
■Space asset escorting"
Notice they call it a "Space Maneuver Vehicle", and that "Its small size and ability to shift orbital inclination and altitude would allow
repositioning for tactical advantage or geographic sensor coverage."
They don't say it outright but it "shifts orbital inclination" using it's WINGS instead of rocket thruster like all other spacecraft to date have done
(including shuttle), this is the giant technology leap the X-37 represents for the Air Force, they can rapidly change orbit to fly it over any spot in
the world at any time to catch an enemy by surprise, they won't know it's coming or what hit them (rods from god), and do it repeatedly since it uses
almost no fuel in the process.
They can also use it to deploy a constellation of "brillian pebble" warhead kill vehices in different orbits on one mission instead of the numerous
launches that would normally be required.
edit on 6-3-2011 by TimBrummer because: (no reason given)