Tristaniopsis,

If he’s an American or ally, why doesn’t he STFU?

vzq,

Because in a democracy we have a right to do research and publish our results.

Shittyretar_,

Despite the secrecy, it’s difficult to imagine the US military’s adversaries in China and Russia didn’t already know where the spaceplane was flying.

From the article.

OsrsNeedsF2P,

If he’s an American

Because many Americans realize their army terrorizes most of the world?

verity_kindle,
@verity_kindle@lemmy.world avatar

Our navy terrorizes most of the world. The US Army just figured out Class A uniforms. There is no reason why the Bundeswehr should outshine us in uniform design. It’s a tailoring gap we must overcome before we can conquer ze world. So you have nothing to worry about, except coming up with better comments.

danl,

It’s not a secret, just hard for amateurs to do. No doubt states with space monitoring equipment always knew. He just did it with a camera in his backyard and his laptop.

Also, he’s Finnish.

Amateur observations of the spaceplane indicate it is flying in a highly elliptical orbit ranging between 201 and 24,133 miles in altitude (323 and 38,838 kilometers). The orbit is inclined 59.1 degrees to the equator.

This is not far off the predictions from the hobbyist tracking community before the launch in December. At that time, enthusiasts used information about the Falcon Heavy’s launch trajectory and drop zones for the rocket’s core booster and upper stage to estimate the orbit it would reach with the X-37B spaceplane.

Tristaniopsis,

Ok fair enough.

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