X-37B Comes Home After Secret Mission
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B returned to Earth this past Saturday after being in orbit for over 15 months. Originally part of NASA as an experimental project, when funding ran out DARPA got custody. They passed it on to the Air Force in 2006. The robotic plane, aka Orbital Test Vehicle-2, performed "on-orbit experiments" and there is much speculation as to why its purpose is so hush-hush.
Some say it could be a dreaded space weapon while others believe it might be used for spying. The AF contends that it is simply "to put experiments in space and bring them back and check out the technologies,"
We would like to think it had a much more exotic part in the grand scheme of things, such as alien communication or practicing for the time when robotic takeover forces us to leave our mother Earth. Regardless of its usage, the next flight should be later this year when the first X-37B takes the OTV-1 into the final frontier.
Via Air Force
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 18, 2012 11:21 AM