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Subject: BLACKSTAR Spaceplane Program Shelved
yojimbo    3/7/2006 9:40:46 AM
BLACKSTAR Spaceplane Program Shelved According to this article in Aviation Week, for nearly twenty years the USAF and "a team of aerospace contractors" has designed, built and tested a two-stage-to-orbit spaceplane, which could be used for "reconnaissance, satellite-insertion and, possibly, weapons delivery". Now this highly classified project may have been shelved for budgetary reasons.
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lightningtest    RE:BLACKSTAR Spaceplane Program Shelved   3/13/2006 1:34:26 PM
check out for a critique of the article. The critique states Aviation week have let their editorial standard slip when printing the article. Plenty of justification provided. Most convicing I think is that any nation detecting such a spacecraft leaving the mothership on a suborbital overflight would likely think it was under cruise missile attack and respond accordingly if the ship was passing overhead.
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