The X-37 is the designation for a robotic shuttle craft built to demonstrate reusable technologies for future spacecraft and perform on-orbit operations in the near term. Starting as a NASA project and later taken over by the Air Force, this winged robot is slated to fly into space on April 19, 2010. It has faced many delays in getting to this point, but it now appears ready to launch to orbit. After insertion into its orbit by an Atlas V rocket, it may stay up for several months. In fact, it is designed to remain in space for up to 9 months to accomplish its objectives. And its objectives are a closely guarded secret by the Air Force.
Read more about this experimental robotic space shuttle in the article linked to below.
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Get more from this author Long-delayed plans by the US to deploy a small robot space shuttle appear now to be approaching fruition, ...
Robot mini space shuttle is go for April, says US air force
Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:07:18 GMT