USAF X-37B Touches Down After 780 Days In Orbit

Credit: U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B robotic spaceplane completed a classified, 780-day mission in low Earth orbit on Oct. 27 with an unannounced, predawn touchdown at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The X-37B, one of two Boeing-built winged Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) spaceplanes, launched on Sept. 7...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

Steve Trimble

Steve covers military aviation, missiles and space for the Aviation Week Network, based in Washington DC.

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