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Does anyone who works at SpaceX know the paths of classified payloads?

The way something like this typically works is that the customer, in this case the Air Force, calls the path classified, to some level. In the contract, the customer declares what parts are classified,...
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Is it possible to covertly put an EMP weapon into an ISS-like orbit by masquerading it as a legitimate launch?

Classified satellites are launched all the time. For example, fourteen KH-11 espionage satellites were launched between 1976 and 2013, and we still have no idea what they look like. So you can launch ...
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Is it possible to covertly put an EMP weapon into an ISS-like orbit by masquerading it as a legitimate launch?

First of all, yes, a payload can be launched in to space that would remain at the key altitude for a HEMP, and stay there for some period of time. This has been discussed in terms of North Korea, for ...
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Which has greater accuracy? Minuteman ICBM or Falcon 9 first stage?

Open sources have the Minuteman III CEP on the order of 100 m. Falcon 9 needs to be on the order of ~20 m to not miss the deck of the barge. There are big differences in targeting: The Minuteman ...
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Why do these 'spy' satellites carry amateur radio packages?

There is an excellent article about Cosmos 2499 that explains some of the history of the satellite. One of the things in particular is the following: According to Ostapenko, the satellites were ...
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Which has greater accuracy? Minuteman ICBM or Falcon 9 first stage?

There are a few differences. The most notable difference is the much larger distance that a Falcon 9 must go to achieve it's orbit. Also, the fact that Falcon 9 does a soft landing as compared to the ...
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Is there any leaked information about the real purpose of the X-37B spaceplane

The official name of the vehicle is the "Orbital Test Vehicle", and there is an information sheet produced by the US Airforce. The two stated purposes are: The primary objectives of the X-37B are ...
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