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X-37B classified spacecraft spends record 469 days in space

X-37B classified spacecraft spends record 469 days in space

In its third run, the X-37B, which is a highly secretive and classified spacecraft, has set a new record for the number of days in space. This unmanned craft has crossed 469 days of orbiting on a mission that is tightly sealed and is reporting to the Air Force and the U.S. Military. There is a possibility that it could be testing new space-based surveillance technologies.

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Air Force launches X-37B space plane as part of classified mission

Air Force launches X-37B space plane as part of classified mission

Yesterday, we reported that the United States Air Force was planning a rather mysterious launch of the X-37B mini shuttle. There's no info on what the space plane is harboring or how long it will be floating around space, although rumor has it the classified mission involves spy satellite sensor testing. The launch was initially slated for earlier this year, but was delayed due to safety concerns.

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X-37B Air Force space plane set for mysterious Dec 11 blast-off

X-37B Air Force space plane set for mysterious Dec 11 blast-off

US Air Force robo-space plane X-37B will begin its third mission on Tuesday,it's been confirmed, finally taking a classified payload into Earth orbit after having been delayed by launch rocket safety testing. The flight of the mysterious plane - also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV-3 - was intended to take place earlier this year, but plans were frozen after a Delta 4 rocket fault back in October. Exactly what the X-36B is carrying, and how long it will be in orbit for, are unclear.

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Air Force X-37B returned to Earth over the weekend

Air Force X-37B returned to Earth over the weekend

The United States Air Force has announced that early the morning of June 16 its unmanned, reusable space plane called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed after spending 469 days in orbit. The Air Force says that the vehicle spent its time in orbit conducting onboard experiments and its primary mission of checking out the vehicle itself. This is one of two space vehicles the Air Force operates.

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X-37B number two celebrates a year in space

X-37B number two celebrates a year in space

The United States Air Force has been testing two X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles for a while now. The second of the small space shuttle style vehicles is celebrating an interesting anniversary today. That second Orbital Test Vehicles launched March 5, 2011 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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