Despite some hints that the Air Force’s tiny re-usable space plane, the X-37B, would be returning to Earth after a long, secretive mission, it looks like that’s not the case, and the little shuttle will continue to circle the globe, conducting its devious, secret little experiments.
The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B shot off into space for the fourth time today. The extreme secrecy shrouding all three previous missions have fueled plenty of conspiracy theories. But for once, we actually have some inkling of what the X-37B will do.
If all goes well, the U.S. Air Force’s mysterious X-37B will blast off into space for the fourth time on May 20. But for the first time, they’re actually telling us what the space plane will be doing—well, some of it anyway.
In an unprecedented disclosure from the DoD, we have finally been told at least something in regards to what the USAF’s secretive X-37B spaceplane’s goals are for its upcoming flight. Among other things, it will test an exotic form of thruster propulsion that could have huge implications for future space development.
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The U.S. Air Force's X-37b unmanned space shuttle landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today following 220 days in orbit, touching down in darkness. Its mission? "Experimentation." Next one launches in spring.
After a decade of development, the Air Force plans to launch later this month the X-37B — a robotic spacecraft resembling a small space shuttle to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway.