Secretive space plane lands after 718 days circling Earth
Space Plane lands after 718 days in orbit.
The X-37B Orbital Tech Vehicle returned to NASA's Kennedy Space Center on May 7th, after spending nearly two years in space.
The X-37B is a US Air Force Space Plane and it launched back on May 20, 2015.
This mission breaks the previous record of 674 days.
So what exactly was the X-37B doing all this time?
The Air Force fact sheet gives us some insight.
The unmanned vehicle is being used to test a number of different technologies, including advanced guidance, navigation and control, as well as re entry and landing.
The original X-37 program began in 1999 by NASA Their program was transferred to DARPA in 2004.
The Orbital Test Vehicle program has spent a total of 2,085 days on orbit.
Otherwise, the entire program is relatively mysterious.
The stated objectives of the X-37B program are two-fold.
Quote, reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space And operating experiments which can be returned to and examined on earth.
The next launch of an X37 B mission will be later this year.
For more information check out CNET.
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