U.S. military's secret mini-shuttle lifts off from Florida

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Tiu wrote:

(Pssst!! somebody should tell somebody that if something’s a secret, then publishing a press release in the mainstream media, means it’s not secret any more.)

Dec 11, 2012 4:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

Probably something to spy on American citizens.

Dec 11, 2012 4:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
WJL wrote:

In a world beset by environmental and resource issues, America wastes more on military adventures the behest of their military industrial fat cats.

Dec 11, 2012 5:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@WJL, in general I would agree with you, but cutting edge research, that eventually trickles down to the civilian world, like this is one of the things the military-industrial complex is good for. Spending the money on needless large numbers of military bases overseas, unnecessary wars, and things like 10 carrier groups when no other country has 1 are the things that need to be cut back.

Dec 11, 2012 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Josorr wrote:

@USApragmatist, I trust you know that carrier groups are for projecting power abroad in general, not going up against other carrier groups. We have 10 of them (that could be too many, I don’t know because I’m not an expert in geopolitics) so the response time in a crisis is shorter. It is hard to calculate the value of having them until one is not available when and where you need really it. How often does someone advise a leader of a rogue nation somewhere saying “We can’t get away with that! An American carrier group is just hours away!” I don’t know and neither do you. We probably do spend too much on such things. I’d say that is better than spending too little. Our allies should probably spend more and help carry the burden. But I’d hate for the U.S. to get caught with its pants down. As an example, if there is not a carrier group (or other naval force) off the coast of Somalia going after pirates, there should be.

Dec 11, 2012 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Whatever you think you know about this craft, forget it!

This will be classified as a ‘test vehicle’ until it starts shooting down satellites…

A very dangerous international arms escalation once again, and sidestepping humanities disgust at weaponizing space by simply cloaking the craft in secrecy!

The only difference between this craft and a satellite is mobility and payload capability.

What do those two thing give you??

1) The ability to travel fast in space (between satellites)

2) The ability to carry weapons and other heavy equipment

This craft is most likely a satellite killer, designed to ‘chase down’ and destroy other countries satellites while remaining in orbit.

I thought humanity might be consulted before putting weapons in space but apparently the US are our global dictators and can do what they like!

Dec 11, 2012 7:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse

USAPragmatist;

The smart thing to do would be just to spend this money on public science…

Most of the money invested in Military R&D goes into weaponizing new technologies, so doesn’t stretch very far in terms of discovering new science.

And more often than not this technology is only released to the public far far in the future when the cat is basically out of the bag.

Who knows how well we could all be living right now if the militaries of the world divulged their secrets…?

And don’t forget, WE pay for this science… and then are denied the social benefits of it!!!

Dec 11, 2012 8:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
amibovvered wrote:

It’s not science, it’s engineering.

Dec 11, 2012 10:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EthicsIntl wrote:

@pendingapproval;

You’ve got it right. What a catastrophe.
‘Space Wars’ is here for real, USA, China, Russia & maybe Israel.

Insects will be the only surviving species on this planet in the not too far future.

Dec 11, 2012 11:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ToddWalters04 wrote:

if it is secret how come you are reporting it.

Dec 18, 2012 11:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
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