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Twins! Air Force Launching Second X-37B Space Plane

by John Reed on March 3, 2011

The Air Force just revealed that it’s hoping to launch the second X-37B mystery space planes into orbit tomorrow or Saturday depending on the weather. While there’s been a ton of speculation about the little mystery robo-shuttle, the Air Force won’t say what it’s for other than testing, testing and more testing. Ok, is it me or does that sentence just sound weird?

From an Air Force statement announcing the second craft:

For the first X-37B OTV mission, Air Force officials focused on testing and evaluating the performance capabilities of the vehicle. This second mission will build upon the OTV-1 on-orbit demonstration, validate and replicate initial testing and fine tune the technical parameters of the vehicle tests.

So yeah, we definitely know what it’s up to. Right.

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