Wednesday, September 26, 2012

X-37B: U.S. Air Force readying third launch for top-secret spy plane, which analysts say can see through clouds and bad weather

The U.S. Air Force is preparing to send its super-secret spy plane into orbit for a third time, but details of the mission will once again be kept under wraps.

The X-37B, an unmanned and reusable spacecraft built by Boeing, will launch sometime in October.

Next month’s blast-off will reportedly test the X-37B’s reusability, it’s instruments and just how feasible it is for future missions.

Major Tracy Bunko at the Pentagon’s Air Force press desk, told Space.com: 'One of the most promising aspects of the X-37B is it enables us to examine a payload system or technology in the environment in which it will perform its mission and inspect them when we bring them back to Earth.'

'Returning an experiment via the X-37B OTV enables detailed inspection and significantly better learning than can be achieved by remote telemetry alone.'

While the launch is slated for October, the exact date is not yet set in stone... Read More