The U.S. Air Force has kept an unmanned space shuttle in orbit for the past two years, and it seems no one without security clearance knows what it’s been doing up there.
Lest one scoff at the notion, the U.S. military has been testing such hypersonic weapons for several years from earth-based launch systems. Moving one into space may pose additional technical and financial challenges, but it’s hardly impossible. “The basic problem with these ‘orbital bomber’ and Starship Trooper ideas is that they would cost trillions of dollars—all to deliver a thimbleful of force,” former RAND Corp. analyst John Arquilla wrote.
One even farther-fetched theory? The Air Force is testing the craft so it can eventually drop special-forces soldiers from space to anywhere on the planet, within minutes.