18 Jun '12, 1am

‘Secret’ Air Force Space Plane Has Landed From Year-Long Flight

‘Secret’ Air Force Space Plane Has Landed From Year-Long Flight

The Air Force’s robotic space plane that has been in orbit for more than a year returned to the Earth June 16th. The Air Force landed its ‘secret’ X-37B space plane on Saturday, after having spent 15 months in space. It landed at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. The landing date was somewhat flexible. “We continue to monitor weather and technical conditions day by day to ensure conditions are safe for landing,” Vandenberg spokesman Jeremy Eggers said before the landing.”At this time, the next available opportunity is Saturday, dependent upon weather and technical conditions. The landing window extends through June 18.” The landing window for the X-37B had just opened up on Monday (June 11). The outside design of the X-37B is much like NASA’s now-retired space shuttles, only in miniature. The space plane is around feet long by 15 feet wide (8.8 by 4.5 meters), and ha...

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