X-37B: Air Force Robotic Space Plane Lands in California After Secret Mission

By on Jun 17, 2012 in United States, World Comments
X-37B robotic space plane

X-37B: Air Force space plane
Image Credit: U.S. Air Force/Michael Stonecypher

The X-37B space plane by the US Air Force has finally landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday, June 16, 2012, according to reports by several international news sites.

X-37B, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle-2 (OTV-2), is reportedly an unmanned spacecraft used by the Air Force for secret mission.

Using autopilot, X-37B went into orbit and returned back after 469 days, which is more than twice compared to OTV-1‘s 225 days. It was the second space flight for the US Air Force robotic space plane.

In a statement by Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander at Vandenberg, he said that “Team Vandenberg has put in over a year’s worth of hard work in preparation for this landing and today we were able to see the fruits of our labor. I am so proud of our team for coming together to execute this landing operation safely and successfully.”

The landing of X-37B was anticipated since June 11, with the latest touchdown expected until Monday, June 18.

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