April 23, 2010
UK Daily Mail 
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
A top secret space plane developed by the US military has blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its maiden voyage.
Billed as a small shuttle, the unmanned X-37B heralds the next generation of space exploration. It will be the first craft to carry out an autonomous re-entry in the history of the US programme.
But its mission – and its cost – remain shrouded in secrecy. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no further details.
However, experts have said the spacecraft was intended to speed up development of combat-support systems and weapons systems.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
There have already been accusations that the programme could lead to the ‘weaponisation’ of space.