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Star Wars 2010? U.S. military launch space plane on maiden voyage… but its mission is top secret

Russia Today
April 23, 2010

UK Daily Mail [1]
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.

There have already been accusations that the programme could lead to the ‘weaponisation’ of space.


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