Photos of the Day: The Pentagon's secret orbital spacecraft

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:48am
ECN Staff

In December 2012, the Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA and Boeing, launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than a year – 469 days, to be exact – breaking its own longevity record.

See: Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

The spacecraft, measuring over 29 feet in length, is designed to be reusable and launches atop an Atlas V version 501 rocket.

Savvy observers noted that the spacecraft’s orbit took it over countries like Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Coincidence?




Share this Story

You may login with either your assigned username or your e-mail address.
The password field is case sensitive.