Air Force's Mysterious Plane Lands In Florida After Secret Space Mission

Posted: May 8 2017, 4:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Air Force's Mysterious Plane Lands in Florida After Secret Space Mission
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  • Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Lands in Florida After Record-Breaking Secret Mission

Air Force’s X-37B space plane made a landing in Florida after its monumental covert journey.

The record-making mission of the X-37B space plane is finally over. According to Space.com, it went around the planet for 718 days. It made a touchdown at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida yesterday.

One of the commanders linked with the operation spoke of how it was an important day for the 45th Space Wing that broke barriers.

The team had been preparing for the event since several years and now that it was a success, it was with a feeling of satisfaction that the entire staff and administration at NASA saw this mission.

This was the fourth such mission for the program. This mission showed that the hard workers at NASA have the flexibility and determination to continue the progress in the field of space travel no matter what obstacles may arise along the way.

The Air Force possesses two such space planes. The plane is meant to gauge how certain technologies work in space. These include: advanced guidance, navigation and control, thermal protection systems, avionics, high temperature structures and seals and other stuff.

According to CBSNews, this is the space plane’s first landing in Florida. The four flights add up to a total time in space that is 2085 days. A fifth launch will take place later on in 2017.

The X-37 program was carried out in total secrecy. The covert mission was such that had the Chinese done it, there would have been congressional hearings and a whole lot of hubbub.

This mission was not an ordinary plan hatched by NASA. It was kept top secret and highly confidential. The sonic boom echoed throughout Florida as the space plane landed at its base. Military officials are not discussing everything regarding this space journey just yet.

Some of the tweets regarding the sonic boom were pretty interesting. “Shook our house and drove the dog into a brief frenzy” tweeted a man. Another one spoke of how he “just heard a loud sonic boom near Disney World”.

He went on to add “What was that!”... Sonic booms are a common phenomenon around spacecraft and aircraft that travel at a speed greater than the speed of sound.

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