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    Space Tech


    A secretive US space plane has reportedly set a new record for consecutive time in orbit after spending almost two years on its current mission.

    The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has now spent a 718th day in space, overtaking the 717-day mark set by the same type of vehicle on a previous mission.

    CNN, ABC News and Air Force Times were among the US publications to hail the achievement as a record for time in orbit for a space vehicle.

    The plane’s mission continues and no return date to Earth has been announced.

    Little is known about what the X-37B is doing in space, and US Air Force has not shared the location of the plane while it is in orbit.

    The current X-37B plane in orbit, called OTV-5, was launched in September 2017 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It was built by Boeing.

    The plane’s unique design looks like a miniature space shuttle - it is just nine metres long and three metres wide.

    The vehicle has the ability to modify it's orbit.

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    Re: Space Tech

    If it was manned would they have Tang? The existential question of our time.


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    Re: Space Tech

    Telstar has been in orbit since 1962.
    Last edited by North; 08-29-2019 at 12:20 PM.
    A French prison inspector wrote in 1837: “It is to the prisons that the historian must go if he is to make a sane judgment of a people’s moral state.”

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