quote: that while it is very feasible that the X-37B's high price was justified by delivering vital surveillance of the Bin Laden compound, there's no evidence to prove that to be the case.
quote: This article is "I'm Jason Mick and this is my opinion."
quote: And isn't it great that he's being paid to ink his fantasies for us to read......?
quote: This article is "I'm Jason Mick and this is my opinion."Blog section.
quote: The X-40 project eventually merged with the Air Force's X-37B program and the X-41 CAV program has been absorbed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2).Last month, the first test of the Falcon (apparently) ended in failure when DARPA researchers claimed they had lost contact with the craft moments after take-off from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Falcon was supposed to demonstrate the feasibility of launching a vehicle to the edge of space and then have it come "screaming back into the atmosphere, maneuvering at twenty times the speed of sound before landing north of the Kwajalein Atoll, 30 minutes later and 4100 nautical miles away," according to Wired.Did the HTV-2 mission fail? Since misdirection and disinformation have long been staples of Pentagon black world projects, most likely we'll never know one way or the other.
quote: The article you're using as a source is fully of these loaded questions. Did the HTV-2 fail? How can we know? The Pentagon said it did, but how can we trust them? I'm not saying it was successful, I'm just asking the question!
quote: Sure it's feasible that they could have mounted a camera on the X-37B, but you could just as easily write an article discussing whether an secret spy satellite launch could actually contain rockets containing chemical weapons. Loaded questions don't make for good journalism, it just makes it look like you're pushing an agenda.
quote: You're blaming me for something someone else wrote?
quote: When it's the only outside link you post that actually discusses this issue, yes.
quote: So again. This is article is your opinion based on speculation of what might have happened.There is no news here.
quote: I could just as easily speculate that the ISS is providing surveillance of Pakistan.
quote: We don't need to use anything expensive to spy on a country that allows us to operate within its borders.
quote: At the end of the day the U.S. public will likely never know whether the X-37B was merely a research or craft, or whether it led a double life as a terrorist-busting super spy.
quote: one wonders
quote: So what other high tech devices might the U.S. military and intelligence community have deployed to aid the raid?
quote: they raised the idea
quote: One pressing question on the minds of many is why the U.S. government gave the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and later the U.S. Air Force (USAF) the hundreds of millions in funding necessary to build the device.
quote: so it's natural to wonder what justified that cost, particularly at a time NASA's budget was being cut.
quote: Tom Burghardt of Space Daily suggested that the vehicle could be used as a mobile spy satellite.
quote: But he never said whether it might be carrying the kind of imaging equipment necessary for surveillance.
quote: Turning to the possibility
quote: Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011 at a compound in a residential district outside of Abbottabad, Pakistan.
quote: Over the last thirteen months, the USAF had an X-37B orbiter overhead for eleven of them.
quote: During this switch it is likely that the craft's orbit crossed over Pakistan, though there was a gap in observations, making it hard to definitively say.
quote: about the possibility
quote: there is no evidence of this... and thus any suggestions that this might have occurred would be strictly speculative.
quote: In theory,
quote: We reached out to Boeing for comment
quote: At the end of the day, the conclusion[s] to draw here
quote: And amateur astronomers observed the orbiter following variable paths that took it between 40 north and 40 south degrees of latitude, a swath that includes Pakistan.