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X-37B sets new in-orbit record

The Space Force’s X-37B reusable mini-shuttle that is presently in orbit has now set a new mission record, spending more than 781 days in orbit.

As of today (July 7), the X-37B has been in Earth orbit for 781 days, breaking its previous record of 780. The reusable vehicle designed and built by Boeing is currently flying on its sixth mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-6 or OTV-6, which launched on May 17, 2020.

During this long flight one of the spacecraft’s few unclassified experiments successfully tested the conversion of solar power into beamed microwave energy.

The second X-37B in the fleet remains on the ground, having completed its 780 day mission in October 2019. We also do not know when the military will order the return of the X-37B in orbit. Only then will the mission really be a success.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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  • Ray Van Dune

    To have sufficient consumables preserved to re-enter and land on a runway after 2+ years in orbit is impressive. Boeing must know how to do a few things that SpaceX has yet to demonstrate, but will certainly need to learn!

  • Scott M.

    Ray, that is very true and what is so very frustrating about current-day Boeing. They can accomplish things like this, but yet when I look at the fiasco which is the Starliner it makes me grind my teeth.

  • Jeff Wright

    These spooky types get the best funding—and won’t share their secrets. Just having those tiles stay adhered to an airframe after years of being cold-soaked and then subjected to re-entry—where Musk can’t keep them on a room temperature?

    This is why I believe in public funding space. Remember how we lost “Fogbank?”

    You have to keep tribal knowledge alive.

    With libertarianism it’s all about money.
    I am concerned with preservation of capability.
    Now, we’re I President, I would have Space Force fund Starship and have the Phantom Works also look at it to get the best of both worlds.

    Starship deserves better than Salvage One tech.

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