X-37B Unmanned Space Plane Land Safely At Vandenberg Air Force Base After 7-Month Voyage

By on Dec 4, 2010 in Science, Technology, World Comments
X-37B Space Plane
X-37B Unmanned Space Plane
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X-37B space plane, the first unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth on Friday. It landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after a 7-month voyage.

International reports said that X-37B space plane conducted a classified mission for the military. The specific purpose of the mission was not revealed to the public, but just said that the primary purpose is to test the craft itself.

“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 Lt. Col. Troy Giese was quoted saying.

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

According to reports, the Air Force imposed a news blackout during the X-37B‘s mission. However, it was tracked by an amateur satellite-watchers throughout its 7-month trip.

The X-37B was launched on April 22, 2010 with a maximum mission duration of 270 days. The vehicle was built by Boeing Co.’s Phantom Works.

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