Wired magazine reported, today, that the US Air Force launched their secret X-37B (aka OTV-1) orbital test vehicle today on the head of an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. It is supposedly unmanned and it's mission is completely unknown, even when they plan to de-orbit and land the thing. It's a about one fourth the size of the space shuttle. So here is my question to the audience:
What military applications can you come up with? Avoid the obvious like "launching micro satellites." Let's see the creativity. If those satellites can hijack a Russian spy satellite, now we're talking. How about a new spin on HALO (high altitude low opening) military insertions. Does it make sense to drop a Navy Seal team from orbit? Will they have to change their name from "Seal" to "Orbital Drop Shock Trooper", pun intended? Have the DoD and Microsoft teamed up to make the Master Chief a reality?