Air Force’s Mystery Space Plane Returns after Two-Year Mission

An attendee of the 35th Space Symposium takes a picture of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle by Boeing during the 35th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 9, 2019. - The four day symposium is the largest space trade show in the world, attracting leaders …
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Air Force’s mystery space plane is back on Earth, following a record-breaking two-year mission.

The X-37B landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Sunday. The Air Force is mum about what the plane did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2017. The 780-day mission sets a new endurance record for the reusable test vehicle.

It looks like a space shuttle but is one-fourth the size at 29 feet.

Officials say this latest mission successfully completed its objectives. Experiments from the Air Force Research Laboratory were aboard.

This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No. 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral. According to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, “Each successive mission advances our nation’s space capabilities.”

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