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Secretive Air Force Space Plane Nears Orbital

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 07:59:36 -0500
Archived: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 07:59:36 -0500
Subject: Secretive Air Force Space Plane Nears Orbital

Source: Space.Com


29 November 2011

Secretive Air Force Space Plane Nears Orbital Record
by Leonard David

The secretive X-37B robotic space plane is about to set its own
space-endurance record on a hush-hush project operated by the
U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

The craft, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-2, was boosted
into Earth orbit atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral,
Fla., on March 5. Tomorrow (Nov. 30), the X-37B spacecraft will
mark its 270th day of flight - a lifetime in space that was
heralded in the past as the vehicle's upper limit for
spaceflight by project officials.

"It's still up there," U.S. Air Force Maj. Tracy Bunko of the
Air Force Press Desk at the Pentagon, told SPACE.com, noting
that project officials planned for a 9- month-plus mission, "so
we're close to that now."

[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

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