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Top Secret USAF Space Plane Completes 15-Month Mission
2012-06-17 05:35:11

After spending one year and three months orbiting the Earth, an unmanned Air Force space plane completed its top secret mission early Saturday morning, successfully touching down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets have reported. According to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, the autonomous X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, touched down at 5:48am PDT. The...

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2012-05-31 15:39:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June. The exact date on which the unmanned spaceplane enters back into the Earth's atmosphere is dependent on weather and other conditions, but the Air Force said on Wednesday it expects the landing to occur in early to mid-June. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's...

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2011-03-07 08:10:27

An experimental military space orbiter, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), lifted off aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday in a demonstration run that could last as long as nine months. It is the second such craft to be put in orbit under the US military's X-37B program, Reuters is reporting. The Boeing-built X-37B looks like a smaller version of NASA's space shuttle orbiters -- 29 feet long, 14 feet across. The one-third scale shuttles are...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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