US Army space drone returns to Earth after 908 days in orbit

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US Army space drone returns to Earth after 908 days in orbit

The X-37B space drone after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California in 2014 at the end of a secret 22-month mission that marked the program's third Earth orbit.

A U.S. military X-37B space drone landed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida on Saturday after spending nearly two-and-a-half years in orbit, the U.S. said. x27;aircraft manufacturer Boeing.

The unmanned shuttle, whose first flight took place in 2010, spent a total of more than ten years in space, during its six missions, adds the manufacturer in a press release.

It continues to break records and provides our nation with an unparalleled ability to rapidly test and integrate new space technologies, said Boeing Space Vice President Jim Chilton.

Launched in great secrecy, the X-37B was designed for the United States Air Force by United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

It is nine meters in length, has a wingspan of 4.5 meters and is powered by solar panels.

The Pentagon had lifted the veil on its objectives before its last launch, in May 2020, by evoking a whole series of scientific experiments.

The mission was to test the reactions of certain materials in space, evaluating the effects of ambient radiation in space on a series of seeds, and transforming solar radiation into radioelectric energy, had explained than the army.

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