2 September 2014
In his column for SPACE, Leonard David wrote that the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane is now over 600 days into its Orbital Test Vehicle-3 (OTV-3) mission with no end in sight. Joan Johnson-Freese of the U.S. Naval War College said that OTV-3’s long duration in space does appear to coincide with the service’s broad, officially stated goal of using the vehicle as a test bed. According to David, while the military is still not saying exactly what the X-37B is doing, the Air Force has a “clearly visible” interest in utilizing space. (Image Credit: USAF)
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