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Secretive X-37B space plane launches again

By T.K. Randall
September 8, 2017 · Comment icon 4 comments

What will the X-37B be doing in space this time ? Image Credit: NASA
The mysterious unmanned shuttle has embarked on yet another mission that nobody knows anything about.
The solar-powered space plane, which looks a lot like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttles, had been originally designed to repair satellites before NASA discontinued the project and passed it over to the US Department of Defense back in 2004.

Since then it has embarked on five missions and has spent over five-and-a-half years in space on missions so secretive that no details about them have ever been released.
This week's launch, which for the first time used a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as oppose to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V, went without a hitch.

It is unclear how long the X-37B will stay in space however its last mission spanned almost two years.

Exactly what it will be doing up in orbit during that time is anybody's guess.

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (4)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
Let the speculation and paranoia begin. Let's start and say it's spying and taking pictures of North Korea. Other than that, a solar powered craft could be invaluable for long term space exploration. If they can get solar powered engines, "That's the ticket laddie!"
Comment icon #2 Posted by Boozemonkey 5 years ago
Taking down the 'black knight' satellite??? (Not serious)
Comment icon #3 Posted by bigjonalien 5 years ago
Mini nukes on North Korea. Wondering where is the other x37 is at?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 5 years ago
That it against international law. It's also a remarkably daftway to deliver a nuclear weapon. In the OPF-2 building at Kennedy SpaceCenter.

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