Saturday, October 18, 2014

X-37B Returns to Earth

Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB YouTube channel.

As reported by NBC News and other media outlets, the X-37B landed yesterday at Vandenberg AFB after nearly two years in space.

Boeing built two of these vehicles for the U.S. Air Force. This one launched December 11, 2012 from Cape Canaveral's Pad 41 for its second flight.

The orbiters will land in the future at Kennedy Space Center's former Shuttle runway. Two former orbiter hangars are being refurbished near the Vehicle Assembly Building to house the vehicles.

James Dean of Florida Today writes this morning that, “The Air Force said it is preparing to launch a fourth X-37B mission from the Cape next year.”

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