No landing date yet for Air Force's mystery craft

Nov 29, 2011

A secretive unmanned space plane is staying in orbit a little longer.

The experimental Air Force craft has been circling Earth for about nine months. The X-37B orbital test vehicle was due to land in California this week, but the Air Force said Tuesday that the mission will be extended. A landing date has not been set.

The plane resembles a mini and is the second to fly in space. The first one landed itself last December at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after more than seven months in orbit.

The Air Force has said the second mission was to further test the craft, but the ultimate purpose has largely remained a mystery.

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Skepticus
5 / 5 (4) Nov 29, 2011
The delay is due to the current effort to capture the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft :-)
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 30, 2011
The delay is due to the current effort to capture the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft :-)


lol, my guess was that it was really dead in space, like the Russian probe. Easier to keep it mysterious than admit the thing flopped.
bluehigh
1 / 5 (7) Nov 30, 2011
Another Nerdyguy guess that shows the only thing dead is the rotting goo in his over-sized skull.

Crazy_council
1 / 5 (1) Nov 30, 2011
The Air Force has said the second mission was to further test the craft, but the ultimate purpose has largely remained a mystery.


whats the bets they have it pointed towards Iran.

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