The US Department of Defense (DoD) has moved to declassify secret space programmes in an effort to boost the country's military edge in space.

The move would allow private companies, such as the likes of SpaceX, to develop never-before-seen technology in droves.

US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks recently green lit a policy that "completely rewrites" a decades-old document that kept these missions a secret.

It essentially lets armed services lower the classification level of a number of top-secret space programs and technologies for private industry and the US' allies.

To read more, click here.