The Air Force brought their secret unmanned X-37B spacecraft in for a landing this morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. After completing 718 days in orbit the experimental X-37B landed safely at the historic Space Shuttle Landing Facility on Cape Canaveral. Many local residents reported hearing the sonic boom as the spacecraft arrived.
The Air Force tweeted shortly after 8 a.m. that the reusable X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle had landed safely, completing its fourth classified mission.
OTV-4 launched from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015.
Air Force officials have called the X-37B program, which is managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, “the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft.” – News 6 Orlando
There are two Air Force ‘mini shuttles’ that have been flying secret missions into space since 2010 performing a wide variety of experiments aimed at advancing space technologies.
Featured image of the Air Force X-37B spacecraft after landing in Florida today by NASA
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