A mysterious spacecraft has been orbiting the Earth for the past 720 days, and only the US Air Force knows why.
This is the fifth mission of the X-37B spacecraft, an undeveloped and military unmanned aerial vehicle, the Orbital Test Vehicle 5 (OTV-5) mission launches back on September 7, 2017 with the help of SpaceX Falcon 9.
The fourth mission – Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4) – remained in orbit for the 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes that it has already surpassed, with no details yet on when the mission can be completed.
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When the vessel was launched, conspiracy theorists suggested that it could be a "space bomber," seven years before Trump even created space forces. The theory was quickly overturned by experts who said that changing the spacecraft's orbital plane required a lot of thrust that would consume its limited fuel extremely fast. It would be essentially useless to hit targets that have not happened to be already on their flight path.
Another theory of Spaceflight is that it is a spy plane.
"Space-to-space observation is whole. a new ball game is made possible by a subtle set of sensors and sensor suites that we believe the X-37B can use to keep a close eye on China's nascent space station, "Spaceflight editor Dr David Baker told the BBC News in 2012, although this is also thought to be a little bit based on the orbital path of the ship.
As fun as these explanations may be, they are unlikely. ] "The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, or OTV, is an experimental testing program that demo strates technologies for reliable, reusable unmanned space test platform for the US Air Force, "said a statement from the Air Force.
" The main objectives of the X-37B are double; reusable spacecraft technologies for the future of America in space, and operational experiments that can be returned and explored on Earth.
"Technologies tested in the program include advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals, conformable reusable insulation, lightweight electromechanical flight systems, advanced propulsion systems, advanced materials and autonomous orbital flight, launch and landing. "
For now, you will either have to accept the official explanation, or just enjoy the knowledge that there is a mysterious space drone flying high above the head. our only US military know why.