Saturday, June 9, 2012

US Air Force X37-B will land after the secret mission was extended to a full year

Source: Mail Online

The U.S Air Force’s highly secret unmanned space plane will land in June - ending a year-long mission in orbit. This is the second experimental Boeing X37-B flight and it has been circling Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. This mission was scheduled to land in California in December but it is now expected to land in mid to late June.

According to X-37B manufacturer Boeing, the space plane operates in low-earth orbit, between 110 and 500 miles above earth. By comparison, the International Space Station orbits at about 220 miles.

Last May, amateur astronomers were able to detect the orbital pattern of the first X-37B which included flyovers of North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, heightening the suspicion that the vehicle was being used for surveillance.

Other industry analysts have speculated that the Air Force is just making use of the X-37B’s amazing fuel efficiency and keeping it in space for as long as possible to show off its credentials and protect it from budget cuts.

After all, under budget cuts for 2013 to 2017 proposed by the Obama administration, the office that developed the X-37 will be shut down.

This is a Suspicious News Brief.

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