April 23, 2010

Space Plane is classified, so don't ask about it

I know some of you are probably bummed that NASA is doing away with the Space Shuttle program. But no worries! The Air Force just launched their Super Secret Space Plane up in orbit. I can't tell you what it's doing or why it's up there, but hey! Forget exploration, let's just continue the Cold War.

The Air Force has fended off statements calling the X-37B a space weapon, or a space-based drone to be used for spying or delivering weapons from orbit. In a conference call with reporters, deputy undersecretary for the Air Force for space programs Gary Payton,  space programs did acknowledge much of the current mission is classified. But perhaps the most intriguing answer came when he was asked by a reporter wanting to cover the landing as to when the X-37B would be making its way back to the planet.

“In all honesty, we don’t know when it’s coming back for sure,” Payton said.

Payton went on to say that the timing depends on how the experiments and testing progress during the flight. Though he declined to elaborate on the details. The vague answer did little to quell questions about the ultimate purpose of the X-37B test program.

In other words, the Air Force probably knows what I put on to wear to work this morning. Oh Goodie.

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