The U.S. military’s experimental X-37B space plane landed on
Sunday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, completing a
classified mission that lasted nearly two years, the Air Force said.
The unmanned X-37B, which resembles a miniature space shuttle,
touched down at 7:47 a.m. EDT (1147 GMT) on a runway formerly used for
landings of the now-mothballed space shuttles, the Air Force said in an
The Boeing-built space plane blasted off in May 2015 from nearby Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas 5 rocket built by United
Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and
Boeing Co (BA.N).
The X-37B, one of two in the Air Force fleet, conducted
unspecified experiments for more than 700 days while in orbit. It was
the fourth and lengthiest mission so far for the secretive program,
managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.