US secret space plane X-37B returns to Earth

US secret space plane X-37B returns to Earth

US secret space plane X-37B returns to Earth

Written by Staff Writer

18 Oct, 2014 | 10:56 am

A US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California.

The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet.

It touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday morning.

The purpose of the plane remains unclear – a theory that it was taking a look at China’s space lab has recently been downplayed by experts.

Air Force officials have only told US media the aircraft performs “risk reduction, experimentation and concept-of-operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies”.

-BBC

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