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Pentagon's mysterious spacecraft punches above its weight

The US Air Force is cagey when it comes to what exactly its X-37B droneship does but it's clear the small craft is scoping the skies

On Thursday, after a successful morning launch at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the X-37B headed yet again into low Earth orbit. The launch took place as the Pentagon sounds the alarm about the importance of defending the ultimate high ground should war break out in space.

IN the Pentagon's vast arsenal there is little quite like it: a super-secret space drone that looks like a miniature version of the space shuttle, but orbits the Earth for months, even years, at a time. Doing what? The Air Force won't say.

On the tarmac, the X-37B, as it is called, looks...