Mysterious Space Plane Lands After 780 Day Mission

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US Force X-37B space plane has touched down at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center almost two years after Falcon 9 rocket launched it, smashing its own record for the longest time in space as its mission remains veiled in secrecy.

The unpiloted plane, that looks akin a miniature space shuttle, came back to Earth on Sunday, wrapping up its 780-day-long stint in orbit. Originally built to spend up to 240 days in space, the top secret aircraft has so far conducted five missions, each spanning longer than the previous one.

ALSO ON RT.COMTop secret US Air Force spaceship breaks own record on mysterious 719-day missionThis time was not an exception, as the X-37B surpassed the previous record, set on May 7 ,2017,  by 62 days.

The mysterious plane, with its exact objectives of its missions being subject to speculation, landed at Shuttle Landing Facility of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 0751 GMT, the Air Force said in a statement.

“The sky is no longer the limit for the Air Force and, if Congress approves, the U.S. Space Force,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein said, celebrating another milestone in the clandestine project’s development.

The project initially began as a NASA  study into the development of cost-savvy reusable space shuttles, but has since has expanded significantly, turning into a top-secret military project.

There have been rumors that the mission might evolve around helping the Air Force to design some sort of  futuristic reconnaissance technology such as micro spy satellites able to “vanish” in the  blink of an eye.

ALSO ON RT.COMSpaceX mystery: What is the US govt sending into orbit? (POLL)The Air Force’s statement, although not giving much detail as to the nature of the many experiments the X-37B had performed, only fueled those speculation.

“This mission successfully hosted Air Force Research Laboratory experiments, among others, as well as providing a ride for small satellites,”  Randy Walden, Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office director said in the statement.

“The distinctive ability to test new systems in space and return them to Earth is unique to the X-37B program and enables the U.S. to more efficiently and effectively develop space capabilities necessary to maintain superiority in the space domain.”

This becomes the first time the US government opted for a Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket to propel the “space plane” into orbit. The launch took place on Sept. 7, 2017 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The sixth mission is set to be launched already next year.


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  1. Likely another NASA hoax to justify bloated budgets. There’s photography from satellites that can make it possible to identify the numbers on a license plate from space. We can’t get a decent image of the object from the ground? I’m calling B.S.

  2. The US had to thank Major General Walter Doneberger, as well his pupil Wehrner von Braun and many others technicians and engineers from Germany after WII who where “transferred”(under Paperclip-but that is just the tip of the technoilogy transfer operation among many other “deals”) to their host country to develop the US rocket and space program. This plane is obviously a continuation of Walter Doneberger’s work at Bell Helicopters. His X-15 space plane, designed in the 1960s to chase up UFOs still hold the speed record.
    Daniel Liszt aka Dark Journalist touch on these under his X series/X-stengraphy going back for a long long time.

    • Apologies for a minor typo above. I meant steganography, not what I wrote earlier on “stengraphy” which does not exist in the English language