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Air Force's mystery space plane lands, ends 2-year mission
10/29/19 at 11:07:42
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The X-37B landed at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida early Sunday. The Air Force is mum about what the plane did in orbit after launching aboard a SpaceX rocket in 2017. The 780-day mission sets a new endurance record for the reusable test vehicle.

It looks like a space shuttle but is one-fourth the size at 29 feet.

Officials say this latest mission successfully completed its objectives. Experiments from the Air Force Research Laboratory were aboard.

This was the fifth spaceflight by a vehicle of this sort. No. 6 is planned next year with another launch from Cape Canaveral. According to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, "Each successive mission advances our nation's space capabilities."

https://phys.org/news/2019-10-air-mystery-space-plane-year.html

What do you think its doing up there? Are we sure it stayed in orbit the whole time?

  

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I heard this morning one thing it did during its tenure in orbit was to release two "unregistered" satellites. The exact significance of that I have no idea.
  

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TiredRetired wrote on 10/29/19 at 12:05:52:
I heard this morning one thing it did during its tenure in orbit was to release two "unregistered" satellites. The exact significance of that I have no idea. 


Spy satellites?
  
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Chortovka wrote on 10/29/19 at 12:08:24:
Spy satellites? 


That’s what I was thinking also.
  
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Can it get to the moon and back?
  

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If it did indeed launch spy satellites, the ruskies and chinks have photo's of same.
  

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Chortovka wrote on 10/29/19 at 12:08:24:
Spy satellites? 


Possible, but my gut has been telling me for some time now this thing is involved heavily into space warfare research and deployment.  We know the Chinese and Russians are doing it so we damn well better be doing it and doing it better. 

Launching decoy and killer sats and testing them, that sort of thing. Maybe even kinetic bombardment experiments.
  

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countzero wrote on 10/29/19 at 12:46:55:
Can it get to the moon and back?


No.  Low Earth orbit, similar to the old shuttles.
  

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