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Monday, May 25, 2015

Secret U.S. Space Plane Launches for Fourth Time in Five Years

X-37B OTV-2Not all U.S. drones are flying over Southwest Asia. At least one of them is in space.

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday launched an X-37B space plane from Cape Canaveral. It went into space aboard an Atlas V rocket and it will orbit the earth for an unknown amount of time, but it could be a year or more.

The Air Force has two X-37Bs that, like the Space Shuttle, take off like a rocket and land (video) like a plane. They’re unmanned, about a quarter of the size of the now-retired Space Shuttle and have cargo bays about the size of a pickup truck bed. This is the fourth known X-37B mission.

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