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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, and how such classified data should be handled. That will include the fact that any SpaceX employee that has access to the classified data must have the right ...


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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 pretty much what you want and nobody will know for sure what it is. A satellite that does nothing would be suspicious, so you'd have to stick your warhead ...


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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 instance, which has launched satellites into an orbit that a HEMP attack would be possible, although they likely don't have the payload capacity to launch a ...


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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 gets its destination programmed in before launch. You usually can't send in a surveying team, so there may be some uncertainty of the target's position. The ...


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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 developed in cooperation between Roskosmos and the Russian Academy of Sciences and were used for peaceful purposes including unspecified research by educational ...


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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 fast landing required by a BM. Also, the Falcon 9 relies on GPS navigation, whereas a military system cannot be solely reliant. Lastly, these systems won't ...


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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 twofold: reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth. Wikipedia ...


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