23 April 2010, JellyBean @ 4:09 am

It looks like the space shuttle’s more diminutive cousin – but experts say it was created with technology from a generation beyond.

The U.S. military launched the mysterious X-37B unmanned winged spacecraft last night – but what America plans to do with it there is anyone’s guess.

The mission has been wrapped in secrecy from the get-go. The Air Force said the launch was a success but would give no details of the mission’s progress.

‘Well, you can’t hide a space launch, so at some point extra security doesn’t do you any good,’ said Gary Payton, Air Force deputy under secretary for space systems, in a Tuesday teleconference with reporters.

But he remained cagey about what exactly the X-37B is to do.

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