What is the X-37B? Boeing X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle Space Plane

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What is the X-37B? Boeing X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle is in low Earth orbit and its purpose is a mystery.

In this video I’m going to try to answer several questions relating to the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle.

Since this unmanned orbital spacecraft was first launched there have been innumerable videos and articles speculating as to its purpose.

In this video I’ll summarise the information that is in the public domain and then I’ll list some of the theories about the X-37B’s secret purposes.

So watch this video to the end and if you think I’ve missed any key points then please add a comment below and I’ll look into it.

The X-37B is the second in a series of unmanned space vehicles known as Orbital Test Vehicles (OTV) designed and built by Boeing.

They are launched and operated by United States Air Force (USAF) for the purpose of testing reusable space technologies.

The X-37 is launched into low orbit using conventional rockets like the Atlas 7 or SpaceX Falcon 9 and glides back to Earth as an unpowered space plane.

Low Earth orbit means that it flies lower than orbiting satellites and much lower than geostationary satellites.

The project began under NASA as a civilian project but was later transferred to the US Department of Defense.

It was originally designed to be a reusable space vehicle for the purposes of launching, servicing, or retrieving satellites.

It can also carry equipment and instruments into space where they can be tested and returned to Earth for analysis.

For these reasons it is a cost effective method of testing new technologies but we may not be aware of these advantages until the technologies are used in other projects.

Since then very few of the of the X-37B’s experiments and tests have been made public.

The resemblance to the Space Shuttle is no coincidence since its aerodynamic design was based on the Shuttle.

There have been several orbital missions in the last few years.

The latest began on 7th September 2017 when the X-37B was launched into orbit using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

At the time of creating this video the X-37B is still orbiting the Earth and can be tracked using popular astronomy apps like Sky Guide.

Yes, that’s right. Contrary to what some have said it’s not so secret that it can’t be tracked by anyone using one of several free or inexpensive apps.

Each of the X-37B missions has been longer than the previous and all of them are controlled by the US military.

The mission prior to the current one lasted 718 days when the X-37B touched down in Florida in May 2017.

There are plenty more details (with all the appropriate citations) about the X-37 models and the OTV missions in Wikipedia.

The page is Boeing_X-37.

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