Danger Room: Secret Space Plane Set to Launch on Mystery Mission Today

11.12.12

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The first X-37B returns from its debut mission in December 2010. <em>Photo: Air Force</em>

The first X-37B returns from its debut mission in December 2010. Photo: Air Force

by DAVID AXE

After a delay of nearly two months owing to a technical glitch, the Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane is set to blast off again from Cape Canaveral, Florida, atop an Atlas rocket on Tuesday.

The launch, if successful, will commence the third mission in three years for the robotic X-37 fleet, assembled in Boeing’s now-shuttered Building 31 in Huntington Beach, California, for an estimated $1 billion apiece. But for all the time spent in orbit by the two school bus-size spacecraft — 693 days in all — it’s no more clear today precisely what the Air Force has been up to with the X-37s.

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