Ultra-secret US military spacecraft preparing to take off, will fly continuously around the Earth for 2 years to perform the mysterious mission.

Tram Ho

According to Space.com, X-37B is scheduled to take off on May 16 and will fly continuously in orbit until mid-2022. It is known that X-37B’s latest mission is named OTV- 6 (intended for a sixth test launch), takes off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Florida) on the back of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V heavy rocket, co-developed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

X-37, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), is a reusable drone. Originally, X-37 was a project of the US Space Agency (NASA) was deployed in 1999. However, after the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 2004, this top secret project was transferred to US Department of Defense.

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In November 2006, the US Air Force decided to develop the X-37B version under the code name Future-X based on NASA’s X-37A version. With a total of 3 A / B / C variants being developed, the later versions of the X-37 project are larger, more modern than the previous version.

In terms of specifications, the X-37B variant has a length of 8.9m, wingspan of 4.5 m, height of 2.9 m, weight of 4,990kg, cargo space (2.1×1.2m), using Aerojet AR2-3 engine, solar energy and Lithium ion battery source. Remarkably, X-37B has tremendous trajectory speed, up to 28,044 km / h.

Like the previous US space shuttle, X-37B was launched into orbit with Atlas V boosters, then returned to Earth’s atmosphere and landed the traditional way on the runway.

Phi thuyền siêu tối mật của quân đội Mỹ chuẩn bị cất cánh, sẽ bay liên tục quanh Trái Đất suốt 2 năm để thực hiện nhiệm vụ bí ẩn - Ảnh 2.

From the first flight in 2010 to now, all information about the X-37B program such as the ship’s specifications, uses and purposes, the program budget are kept confidential. In particular, the US Air Force never shared the position of the X-37B ships when they were in orbit, its functions and missions are always mysterious and the subject of speculation and embroidery.

The Pentagon has repeatedly asserted that the X-37B is only “a tool to test new technologies for the future of conquering America’s space” but did not publish any test results.

NASA, meanwhile, confirmed the development of the X-37 to “design and manufacture of spacecraft for space rescue missions and to bring astronauts and equipment to and from the Station.” ISS international universe “. According to some sources, one of the X-37’s missions is to reach satellites in orbit to refuel and replace the damaged solar panels.

Phi thuyền siêu tối mật của quân đội Mỹ chuẩn bị cất cánh, sẽ bay liên tục quanh Trái Đất suốt 2 năm để thực hiện nhiệm vụ bí ẩn - Ảnh 3.

Due to flying around the earth in different orbits, the X-37B is difficult to detect and can hardly be shot down. X-37B is considered to be a perfect combination of military aircraft and spacecraft allowing it to perform many functions.

Up to now, X-37B has had five flights to orbit, setting a long-distance flight record at an altitude of nearly 320km. The latest mission of X-37B called OTV-5 took place on September 7, 2017. After spending a total of 780 days in space, X-37B returned to Earth on October 27, 2019, surpassing the OTV-4 mission time of 717 days.

If X-37B’s upcoming flight is successful, it will surpass the previous 5th mission’s record, with 780 days of continuous flight in Earth’s orbit before landing in 2019.

See Wikipedia / Space.com

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