Air Drive’s mysterious area drone returns after two years in orbit

Air Force's mysterious space drone returns after two years in orbit

Following its longest-ever mission by far, the eleven,000 pound X-37B unmanned spacecraft has returned to Earth bearing… nicely, we do not truly know. You see, after NASA and Boeing developed the craft (a few fifth the dimensions of the Area Shuttle), it bounced over to the Air Pressure, which is utilizing it for prime-secret missions. The X-37B’s longest earlier flight lasted about 15 months, and this time, it stayed in orbit simply shy of two years. As for what it was doing up there, precisely, cue the hypothesis. Some specialists assume it was launching spy gear from the pickup-mattress-sized payload bay, whereas others consider it was designed to seize or impair enemy satellites. The Air Pressure denies all that, saying it was simply testing area tech like superior steerage, robotic methods and autonomous orbital flight. It definitely nailed the latter — with no human on the controls, the X-37B made an ideal landing following a 218 mile-excessive descent. To see it, examine the all-too-temporary video under.

[Image credit: Boeing]

By way of: Slate

Supply: Boeing

Tags: Air Drive, Boeing, Drone, Shuttle, unmanned, video, X-37B

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