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X-37B space plane returns after two-year secret mission

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-4), an unmanned, reusable space plane operated by the US Air Force, has landed at Nasa's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida after two years in orbit.
US Air Force officials confirmed the craft's landing and said they were "excited about the data gathered".
According to a press release, the programme is designed to experiment on and develop reusable space vehicles.
But what the OTV-4 has been doing for the last 24 months isn't clear.

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Launch of US Air Force's Mini Space Shuttle - X-37B on Atlas V Rocket

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An American Atlas V rocket in the 501 configuration has successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral carrying the US Air Force's X-37B spaceplane, a smaller version of the Space Shuttle. This will be the fourth mission of the X-37B which conducts top secret missions in orbit via payloads in it's payload bay. Liftoff occurred at 11:05 Local time, 15:05 UTC time on May 20th 2015.



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En direct : la fusée Atlas V lance la mission AFSPC-5 pour lArmée de lair américaine

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Secrets of the X-37B Revealed

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Secret US X-37B plane takes to the skies to experiment in space

The mysterious X-37B plane is preparing to head into space for its fourth trip. But now, for the first time, we have a clue about what's happening inside.
Earlier this month, NASA revealed that on this trip the plane will carry nearly 100 small samples of different materials, including polymers, coatings and composites.

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