The military's robotic X-37B space plane, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, will land at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where Air Force officials are gearing up for its return. As of Oct. 12, the X-37B mini-shuttle has been in orbit since December 2012 and racked up a record-shattering 671 days in space.
Tuesday, US time, is the date set by the US military for the return of X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, known as the third landing of the secret unmanned space vehicle. Currently, X-37B is orbiting at 28,044km/h, at a distance of around 350km in the sky.
The plane will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base, after orbiting the Earth since Dec. 11, 2012, launched on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as part of ‘Orbital Test Vehicle Mission 3?.
Vandenberg officials have been released minimal details, only saying the X-37B’s exact landing date and time will depend on “technical and weather considerations”.