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CAPE CANAVERAL — The military’s mysterious mini-shuttle is set to launch this week on a classified mission that has captured the imaginations of everyone from amateur satellite trackers to anti-nuclear protestors and potential military adversaries Russia and China.
Built by Boeing’s secretive Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, Calif., the Air Force X-37B spacecraft is rumored to be everything from a space bomber to a satellite-killer or a test-bed for advanced spy satellite sensors. The Air Force is revealing little.
“Inquiring minds want to know, right?” said John Pike, director of GlobalSecurity.org, a leading source of defense, space and intelligence information. “But posing this question presumes that (the mini-shuttle) does serve some specific purpose. And I think that might be imposing greater rationality on the whole thing than is warranted.”
Originally posted by UberL33t
Well if there was anything that is shrouded in conspiracy, it's this contraption. The last mission it was in space 15 months. I didn't see this launch posted on NASA's Launch Schedule site for 2012.
Originally posted by stirling
This vehicle could also place mini spy satelites in orbit over hot spots with geosychrous orbit.