The assumption by experts has been that the Air Force is using this vehicle as an advanced deployable satellite surveillance system. In this scenario, the X-37B would be photographing or otherwise recording the facilities, activities, and movements of potential United States adversaries.
According to the latest Emdrive news – or rumors depending on who you're asking – from Next Big Future, the United States government has been secretly testing an Emdrive propulsion system onboard the X-37B – possibly for years. Supposedly, this work is being carried out under the cover of testing an entirely different – and much less significant – kind of propulsion known as a Hall thruster.
If this is true, it could mean that the X-37B actually has deep space capability. Instead of simply staying in orbit for hundreds of days at a time, a functioning Emdrive on the X-37B would allow the spacecraft to leave Earth orbit for the moon or even somewhere further away. If confirmed, this particular piece of Emdrive news would have staggering implications – both for the United States manned space program and future military activity in space.
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