The previous title had the wrong number of days in orbit. It has been adjusted.
Another flight, another record for endurance.
The secret orbital test vehicle of US Air Force X-37B landed on Sunday morning after more than two years in orbit. The 780-day mission defeated the spacecraft's previous record of 71
"The X-37B continues to demonstrate the importance of a reusable spacecraft," BBC Secretary Barbara Barrett said in a statement. "Each subsequent mission enhances our country's space capabilities."
This was the fifth mission for a multiple and unmanned "space plane" that resembles a mini space shuttle. Little is known about his latest mission, but when he was launched on a Space X Falcon 9 rocket in September 2017, the Air Force said it was carrying small satellites and testing zero-gravity experimental technologies.
"This program continues to push the envelope as the world's only reusable spacecraft. With the successful landing today, the X-37B has completed its longest flight to date and successfully fulfilled all mission objectives, "Randy Walden, director of the Air Force's Rapid Services Office, said in a statement Sunday. "This mission successfully hosted experiments at the Air Force Research Laboratory, among others, as well as the provision of small satellites." Florida, waking some residents with a sound boom. Throughout its life, the vehicle has spent a total of 2865 days in orbit.
A sixth mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2020.