US Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle 1 X-37B robot spacecraft back on Earth

By on Dec 5, 2010 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Updated: March 6, 2011 10:05 a.m.

Read US Air Force launches second X-37B robotic plane into space

The X-37B robot spacecraft was back on Earth on Friday, according to the press release issued by US Air Force on their official website.

According to their report, The X-37B robot spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at around 1:16 a.m. on December 3, after spending more than seven months in space.

The X-37B, first unmanned spacecraft by the US Air Force which was launched on April 22, 2010 in Cape Canaveral, Florida reportedly performed on-orbit experiments for more than 220 days and fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to complete an autonomous reentry before landing.

Also known as Orbital Test Vehicle 1, it is the latest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft, as managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

“Today’s landing culminates a successful mission based on close teamwork between the 30th Space Wing, Boeing and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office,” X-37B program manager from the AFRCO Lt. Col. Troy Giese said in the press release.

“We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives for the first mission.” Mr. Giese added.



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