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One of the Air Force’s two X-37B reusable mini-shuttle’s has landed, completing a 780-day record mission.
This was the fifth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. It flew for 780 days during this mission, breaking its own record by being in orbit for more than two years. As of today, the total number of days spent on-orbit for the entire test vehicle program is 2,865 days, the Air Force said. The spaceplane originally was designed to fly for just 270 days.
The mission had launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on September 7, 2017, in a deal that had been worked out with the Air Force in June under relatively short notice.
Not surprisingly, there is no word when the next X-37B mission will fly, likely using the Air Force’s other spacecraft.