U.S. Air Force Orbiter Lands In Cape Canaveral With A Boom
The unmanned orbiter had been flying around the earth for 718 days
The United States Air Force tweeted that its unmanned Orbiter, known as X37B, landed safely at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Sunday. The Air Force said in a statement that the X-37B shuttle is “an experimental test program to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Air Force.”
“The #AirForce #X37B #OTV4 has returned from orbit and has landed safely @NASAKennedy,” the U.S. Air Force said in a tweet. “Stay tuned for more info.”
Local news outlets in the area reported that the sonic boom produced by the 29-foot aircraft reentering earth could be heard as far away as Tampa Bay and even Fort Myers. Previous missions of the X37B have concluded at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Air Force has one more mission for the X37B scheduled for later this year.