Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 09 May 2017, 00:35 hrs, UTC, Post #195.
Accessed on 09 May 2017, 00:35 hrs, UTC.
Author: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs/Published May 07, 2017.
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The X-37B, the Air Force’s unmanned, reusable space plane landed successfully at NASA’s Kennedy Space Shuttle Landing Facility on Sunday, 07 May 2017. The OTV-4 mission lasted 718 days, “extending the total number of days spent on-orbit for the OTV program to 2,085 days. While the Air Force remained mum on the X-37B’s extended mission in Earth orbit, it did release some tantalizing details:
“The landing of OTV-4 marks another success for the X-37B program and the nation,” said Lt. Col. Ron Fehlen, X-37B program manager. “This mission once again set an on-orbit endurance record and marks the vehicle’s first landing in the state of Florida. We are incredibly pleased with the performance of the space vehicle and are excited about the data gathered to support the scientific and space communities. We are extremely proud of the dedication and hard work by the entire team.”
“The X-37B is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Managed by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the X-37B program performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.”
The United State Air Force is preparing a fifth mission for the reusable X-37B, with a launch from Cape Canaveral later this year.
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