X-37B Military Space Plane Breaks Record On Latest Military Mission Written 27 August 2019

27 August 2019
SPACE reports that at 6:43 a.m. ET Monday, the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space plane surpassed its spaceflight-duration record “of 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes, which was set by the previous mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4).” The current campaign, which is classified, “began on Sept. 7, 2017, with a liftoff atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.” However, the current OTV-5 mission “seems to involve pushing the X-37B’s endurance, because each of the five missions has lasted longer than its predecessor.” (Image: the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. | Associated Press–©)
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