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US military’s top secret X-37B shuttle ‘disappears’ for two weeks, changes orbit

US military’s top secret X-37B shuttle ‘disappears’ for two weeks, changes orbit By Peter Farquhar, Technology Editor

Secret shuttle launched in April. Skywatchers lose it for two weeks. Orbit change shows stealth ability. AMATEUR astronomers are enjoying a cat-and-mouse game with the US military in keeping track of its secret space plane, the X-37B. The X-37B was launched in April amid much publicity, but scant detail about its true use. Built by Boeing’s Phantom Works division, the X-37B program was originally headed by NASA. It was later turned over to the Pentagon’s research and development arm and then to a secretive Air Force unit. Only a very select few in the US military know what it’s for, but observers on Earth believe they’re putting together the puzzle piece by piece. Several sources claim quote arms control advocates who say it’s clearly the beginning of the “weaponisation of space”.

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