Air Force X-37B Returns

The video shows the landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in infrared and visible light of the Air Force X-37B spaceplane. The Orbital Test Vehicle-2 (OTV-2) touched down at 5:48 AM Phoenix time Saturday (12:48 UTC).

The mystery mission spacecraft was launched on 5 March 2011, and spent 469 days in orbit, exceeding its design mission time of 270 days by 199 days.

The first X-37B was launched on 22 April 2010 and spent 220 days in orbit before returning on 3 December 2010.

Marshall Space Flight Center Image of On-orbit Functions for the X-37 Space Plane
Image Credit: NASA / MSFC


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