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Originally posted by ANNED
I don't believe it ever going to be manned.
I believe its going to be used as a unmanned intelligence platform for the military and/or the NSA/NRO
They will be used for 1 to 2 years missions and returned for reuse/upgrade then flown again.
Over the years as the US put up intelligence satellites some countries have changed the frequencies they use for there military and other uses.
This has left gaps in the ability of the US to lesson in till they put up other satellites to cover those radio bands.
There are a lot of old spy satellites up there and using a reusable one would be a advantage in the long run as space gets crowded.