The U.S. X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returned From a Secret Mission | SPACE NEWS

X-37B Robotic Spacecraft on the runway
 X-37B Robotic Spacecraft


The American X-37B spacecraft is back from a classified operation in earth's orbit.

The unmanned spacecraft delivered new compact satellites into orbit and completed the longest flight to date.The X-37B U.S. Air Force via AP, an experimental unmanned space vehicle.

U.S. Air Force delivered new compact satellites into orbit as part of the X-37B experimental unmanned spaceflight mission. The announcement was published on Sunday on the official website of the Air Force.

Having successfully landed today, the X-37B has completed the longest flight to date and successfully completed all the tasks. 
Said U.S. Air Force spokesman Randy Walden. The X-37B experimental unmanned space shuttle team.


X-37B Robotic Spacecraft 1
 X-37B Robotic Spacecraft


The mission included experiments in the Air Force research laboratory and the delivery of small satellites.


X-37B's secret mission ended 780 days later in Earth orbit. Previous space mission record was 718 days. 

According to the U.S. Air Force, the next (sixth) launch of this unmanned spacecraft is planned for 2020.

Boeing Corporation began building the X-37B in 1999 under the umbrella of NASA and produced at least two such vehicles. In 2004, the program was classified and handed over to the Air Force. 

According to information circulated by the Pentagon, the spacecraft is designed to operate at altitudes from 200 to 750 km, and  is able to quickly change orbits and maneuver. 

The announcement was published on Sunday on the official website of the Air Force.

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