USA POLITICS: Secret Military X-37B Plane Ends 2-Year Mission

Politicoscope
By Politicoscope May 8, 2017 12:03
MOST POPULAR YOU MAY LIKE

POLITICS HOME: Current Political Article


“The ability to land, refurbish, launch from the same location enhances the OTV’s ability to integrate and qualify new space technologies,” said Monteith.

Continue below with the full current political topic.

USA POLITICS: Secret Military X-37B Plane Ends 2-Year Mission

The US military’s mysterious spacecraft has returned to its base, completing a two-year secret mission in Earth’s orbit.

The unmanned Boeing X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday, after making a sonic boom that could be heard from miles away.

The space plane was launched from the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in May 2015, aboard an Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a partnership between Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing.

This was the spacecraft’s first landing in Florida. All the previous missions had landed in California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The orbiter spent 718 days in the space, setting a new on-orbit endurance record. Overall, the two X-37Bs built so far have spent 2,085 days in space.

Also known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), the 29-feet-long drone was first launched into space in April 2010 and returned after eight months. It was sent on a second mission in March 2011 and remained in space for 15 months. The spacecraft set on its third mission in December 2012 and returned after 22 months.

Brigadier General Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing, thanked his forces for conducting the last mission.

“Our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and I am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today’s safe and successful landing of the X-37B,” he said in a statement.

According to the USAF, the reusable plane “performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.”

This is while, military analysts say the spacecraft will be ultimately used for spying activities.

The Secure World Foundation, a nonprofit promoting the peaceful exploration of space, says the US military is using the platform to test intelligence-related hardware.

The USAF is planning to launch the fifth X-37B mission from Cape Canaveral air force station later this year.

“The ability to land, refurbish, and launch from the same location further enhances the OTV’s ability to rapidly integrate and qualify new space technologies,” said Monteith.

– Press tv



Readers Who Read this Article Also Read



Up Next on Politicoscope

Share this Article: "USA POLITICS: Secret Military X-37B Plane Ends 2-Year Mission"



Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online Today


Politicoscope
By Politicoscope May 8, 2017 12:03
Since You’re Here, We Would Like to ask You for Help
There are more readers worldwide reading the Politicoscope daily news content than ever before. Unlike many other news media organisations that charge their readers subscription fees for the same daily news content and features we offer you for free, we do not charge all our readers to pay any fee. We depend on online advertising to generate the revenues to fund all these great news content and exclusive features provided to you for free. Currently, advertising revenues are quickly falling which is affecting our ability to offer you free online news content.
If everyone who reads our news content, likes it and helps to support it, we can have future guarantee to offer you with the best daily news content and other amazing features, all for free.
"I visit Politicoscope everyday to read my daily news in world politics. I'm glad it's all for free. On my part, I'm happy to donate monthly so as to continue enjoying these free content because it's actually a small amount from me compared to paid subscriptions by other news organisations. I want to help Politicoscope grow more so that I and other readers can continue to have access to free and exclusive daily online news." - Denise H., from LA, USA.
Help keep Politicoscope alive and grow stronger for you.

Donate Online

$
Personal Info

Donation Total: $10.00



What's on Your Mind?