Air Force To Launch X-37B Military Spaceplane: Dissidents, watch out!

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The USAF has a new weapon that could take care of those who speak ill of the United States. In partnership with Boeing, they have developed the world’s first unmanned military spaceplane which will launch before the end of this year.

The spaceplane is designed to be reusable, being capable of numerous takeoffs and runway landings. The objective for its first mission reads like cryptic military parlance; risk reduction and experimentation.

The launch is scheduled for November on the back of an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, stealing the reserved launch slot of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which got bumped to early 2009.

Is it really a stretch to see this spaceplane rigged with Boeing’s death-ray lasers and covertly targeting weapons factories, airborne missiles, political targets or even dissidents on the surface? Scary!

Sources:
AviationWeek
Via: Gizmodo

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