US Air Force’s Secret X-37B Space Plane to Return to Earth Next Month

Saturday, June 2, 2012


X-37B Space Plane Seen Here at Vandenberg Air Force Base

The US Air Force’s top-secret X-37B space plane will return to Earth next month after spending over a year in orbit.

The Boeing built X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle 2, or OTV-2, was launched in March 2011 atop a massive Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, FL.

It is due to land at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base sometime in early-to mid-June, with the exact date dependent on technical and weather conditions, the military said.

The US military originally said the 8.8-meter-long, 2.4-meter-wide craft, which is shaped like a small space shuttle, was supposed to spend up to 270 days in space.

OTV-2,¬†funded out of the Pentagon’s budget, performed classified experiments for the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office.

SOURCE: News.com Australia

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One Response to US Air Force’s Secret X-37B Space Plane to Return to Earth Next Month

  1. TOM339 says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    Isn’t this this the mission NASA denied they were sending into space when it launched? I recall lots of speculation about the massive rocket they were using to begin an unidentified mission launch.

    Now we know. I think this X-37B will be used to shuttle Americans to and from the International Space Station.

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