X-37B spaceplane spying on Chinese space station?
January 5, 2012 7:56 AM Subscribe
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In March last year, the unmanned X-37B
US military spaceplane launched from Cape Canaveral on mission USA-226
, to "demonstrate various experiments", sensors and technology. Its original 270 day mission was extended in November
"as circumstances allow" for "additional experimentation opportunities", but a dedicated group of optical tracking specialists in the US and Europe believe that the X-37B is in fact spying
on the Chinese space station Tiangong-1
This is according to a report to be published this weekend in the British Interplanetary Society's magazine Spaceflight
. Some people disagree
Previously on Mefi
, on the X-37B's ability to change its orbit, track, and altitude.