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The U.S. military likes to be a little sneaky with its robotic space planes. Unlike typical spacecraft, these vehicles can shift their orbits, frustrating the global network of skywatchers who keep track of just about every man-made object rotating the planet.

But the sleuths have their tricks, too. They’ve tracked down the X-37B on its second secret mission. And the information the skywatchers are finding says quite a bit about the classified operations of this mysterious spacecraft.

Source: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/03/secret-space-plane-cant-hide-from-amateur-sleuths/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher
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It's not the space plane that is important. It has the ability to deliver or retrieve cargo from space. It's the cargo that matters.

I've been wondering if this has the ability to snatch rival spy satellites out of the sky. It would be pretty cool if we could go up there and grab enemy satellites and bring them back home to study.
    
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It's not the space plane that is important. It has the ability to deliver or retrieve cargo from space. It's the cargo that matters.

I've been wondering if this has the ability to snatch rival spy satellites out of the sky. It would be pretty cool if we could go up there and grab enemy satellites and bring them back home to study.
According to the article, you can do that :/
    
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whats with the most visited areas?
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It's not the space plane that is important. It has the ability to deliver or retrieve cargo from space. It's the cargo that matters.

I've been wondering if this has the ability to snatch rival spy satellites out of the sky. It would be pretty cool if we could go up there and grab enemy satellites and bring them back home to study.

dude, some of those satellites are as big as, if not bigger then, this plane. What are they gonna strap them down with? Bungee cord? ACME rope?
    
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Dude, can we make anything cool looking and functional? It looks like an anaphylactic space shuttle. Also that video could have been anything. It's a dot flying across the sky/\.
    
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I was going to say that it's impressive that it can land itself from a low earth orbit. Then i realised unmanned doesn't necessarily mean autonomous.
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If they really wanted to hide they could. You can only see it because light is reflecting off of it.
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Originally Posted by Singular1ty;13015473 
dude, some of those satellites are as big as, if not bigger then, this plane. What are they gonna strap them down with? Bungee cord? ACME rope?

Most are around the size to fit in the cargo hold. They usually launch on the tip of a rocket which has size constraints as well. They could also just park up beside the satellite and disable it.
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/21/11 at 9:42pm
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They need to invent Glados plane biggrin.gif
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dude, some of those satellites are as big as, if not bigger then, this plane. What are they gonna strap them down with? Bungee cord? ACME rope?

Bllly Mays says mighty putty.
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