Unmanned space shuttle breaks orbiting record, continues secret mission
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has done it again, this time blowing our minds with a record 719 days in orbit.
The “unmanned space shuttle” of foreign military nightmares has spent considerable time in space, even though few people outside of the “need-to-know” sector seem to know what it’s doing up there.
While the aircraft resembles a miniature space shuttle, they are effectively space-worthy UAVs, and not much is really known about them.
“The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, is an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the US Air Force,” the USAF wrote of the space platform on their official site. “The primary objectives of the X-37B are twofold; reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.”
According to Gizmodo, the X-37B has completed four missions using an Atlas 5 booster but its most recent mission was launched in 2017, using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
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