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X-37B Secret Space Plane's Second Launch Today 59

garymortimer writes "The X-37B will launch soon for a second 240 day flight and the cat and mouse game of following it will begin. Amateur astronomers have been able to find the orbit changing high flying UAV on at least two occasions after it altered height. For the first X-37B OTV mission, Air Force officials focused on testing and evaluating the performance capabilities of the vehicle. This second mission will build upon the OTV-1 on-orbit demonstration, validate and replicate initial testing and fine tune the technical parameters of the vehicle tests."
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X-37B Secret Space Plane's Second Launch Today

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 04, 2011 @10:54PM (#35386406)

    Hmmm... I have an idea of where we could cut _trillions_ of dollars in waste.

    Oh, yeah, sorry forgot our priorities-- grandma can eat cat food, but we can't deprive our generals of caviar.

  • Re:Secret? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Saturday March 05, 2011 @02:05AM (#35387072)

    By what you describe the X-37 is not a "secret space plane"

    Yes, it is. Just like the stealth planes which were photographed before they were officially recognized. Just because we know it exists doesn't mean it isn't secret. It's classified secret by the government, and we don't know it's capabilities, current missions, future missions, or any of that. That counts for "secret."

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