X-37B Returns To Earth After Secret Mission

X-37B Returns To Earth After Secret Mission

By: Staff
Staff Writer
Published: Dec 4, 2021

X-37B Returns

X-37B returns to Earth after secret mission. The X-37B is the Air Force's top secret reusable space plane that returns after seven months. It quietly landed on an air strip at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The X-37B was launched by an Atlas 5 on April 22, 2010. The space plane is about 29 feet long and has a payload pay the size of a typical pickup truck bed. It weighs 11,000 pounds and has a wingspan of about 15 feet.

It is unknown if the X-37B was carrying anything in its cargo bay. The Air Force insists that the spacecraft is merely a flying laboratory, designed to test certain technologies that it desires to have for space operations. However, there is still speculation among space and military analysts.

For example, amateur astronomers have noted the plane doing at least four course corrections during its seven-month flight. That suggests the space plane is the prototype for a vehicle that could rendezvous with the satellites of other countries. Other possible use for an operational space plane based on X-37b would be the quick delivery of a low Earth orbit reconnaissance satellite.

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