The American military spaceplane X-37B returned to Earth after 908 days in orbit. This was stated by the developer of the device – the Boeing aerospace corporation.
The report indicates that the X-37B landed at the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida) on Saturday at 05:22 US East Coast time (13:22 Moscow time). He set another record for being in orbit, having spent 908 days in space. The spaceplane was launched on an Atlas 5 heavy launch vehicle in May 2020.
As follows from Boeing’s statement, the X-37B was used to carry out a number of experiments in the interests of the US Navy and NASA, and also launched the FalconSat-8 satellite, developed at the US Air Force Academy.
This flight was the sixth for a spaceplane of this type. The first flight of the spaceplane, which began in April 2010, lasted 225 days. The second – 468 days (from March 2011 to June 2012), the third – 675 days (from December 2012 to October 2014). During the fourth mission, which ended on May 7, 2017, the device was in orbit for 717 days, the fifth mission ended on October 27, 2019, it lasted 780 days.