Air Force Has Been Secretly Testing an Unmanned Shuttle

I found this news father surprising – and it comes on the heels of the news that NASA has breathed new life into it’s X-34 prototypes.

According to SpaceFlightNow – the air force has been testing a prototype of the X-37 unmanned spaceplane for the last few months.

From the source:

The X-37B spacecraft, also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, has been circling Earth since April 22 conducting classified tests and technology demonstrations while under the watchful eye of amateur observers on the ground.

The two-paragraph statement issued by the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base says the “exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations,” but it is expected between Friday and Monday.

Preparations for the landing are underway at Vandenberg, the statement said.

Check out the full article at Spaceflight now for the whole fascinating story.

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