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Secretive space plane lands after 718 days circling EarthThe unmanned orbital test craft returned to NASA's Kennedy Space Center after spending nearly two year in space.
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. COM. I'm Zach Turner and I'll see you online.