The US Army’s X-37B robotic space plane may soon break its own record, A . reports Space.com. The device was launched on May 17, 2020, when the program’s sixth mission, the Orbital Test Vehicle-6 (OTV-6), began.
X-37B has not fallen since then and is approaching its previous high of 780 days.
He set this up with the OTV-5, which was completed on October 27, 2019.
Most of the missions of the spacecraft built by Boeing are labeled, but some details are known. At OTV-6, for example, experiments are being conducted for the US Naval Research Laboratory as they try to convert solar energy into radio frequency microwave energy. During the mission, a small satellite developed by the Air Force Academy, FalconSat-8, will also be launched, and two NASA tests will also be conducted. This is the first task in which experiments are conducted in a server.
It is not known where and when the OTV-6 will end. The mission is overseen by the US Space Force, and the organization’s fleet may include two X-37Bs. The plane is only 8.8 meters long and is launched by a missile, but it lands on a runway like an airplane. The robotic device can travel at an altitude of 240-800 km.