December 4, 2010

spacecraft of USA returns after 7-month trip but Unmanned

The U.S. Air Force's secrecy-shrouded X-37B unmanned spaceplane alternate to Earth aboriginal Friday afterwards added than seven months in apogee on a classified mission, admiral said.
The active ability apart landed at at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California bank 130 afar northwest of Los Angeles, Vandenburg agent Jeremy Eggers said.
"It's actual exciting," Eggers said of the 1:16 a.m. PST landing. 
Unmanned spacecraft

The X-37B was launched by an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 22, 2010, with a best mission continuance of 270 days.
Also accepted as the Orbital Analysis Vehicle, the Boeing-built aircraft was originally a NASA activity afore actuality taken over by the military.
The Air Force has not said whether it agitated annihilation in its burden bay, but insists the primary purpose of the mission was to analysis the ability itself.
"We are actual admiring that the affairs completed all the on-orbit objectives for the aboriginal mission," affairs administrator Lt. Col. Troy Giese said in a statement. 
Unmanned spacecraft

"Today's landing culminates a acknowledged mission based on abutting teamwork amid the 30th Amplitude Wing, Boeing and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office," Giese said.
Eggers said the ability is accepted to acknowledgment to amplitude abutting year.
"I accept they are attractive to do that in the bounce of 2011," he told The Associated Press.
Officials accept fabricated accessible alone a accepted description of the mission objectives: testing of guidance, navigation, control, thermal aegis and free operation in orbit, re-entry and landing.
However, the ultimate purpose of the X-37B and accommodation about the ability accept longed remained a mystery, admitting experts said the aircraft was advised to acceleration up development of combat-support systems and weapons systems.
The boating culminated the project's continued and big-ticket adventure from NASA to the Pentagon's analysis and development arm and again on to the backstairs Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. Hundreds of millions of dollars accept been spent on the X-37 program, but the accepted absolute hasn't been released.
While the massive amplitude shuttles accept been likened to cargo-hauling trucks, the X-37B is added like a sports car, with the agnate block capacity. 
Unmanned spacecraft

Built by Boeing Co.'s Phantom Works, the 11,000-pound ability is 9 1/2 anxiety alpine and aloof over 29 anxiety long, with a wingspan of beneath than 15 feet. It has two angled appendage fins rather than a distinct vertical stabilizer.
Unlike the shuttle, it was advised for barrage like a satellite, housed in a allowance aloft the dispensable Atlas V rocket, and able of deploying solar panels to accommodate electrical ability in orbit.

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