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US Air Force's Secretive X-37B Space Plane Shatters Orbital Endurance Record

• http://www.space.com, By Leonard David
 The X-37B space plane currently in orbit in flying the Orbital Test Vehicle 3 (OTV-3) mission, the third long-duration flight of the unmanned Air Force spaceflight program. The miniature space shuttle launched on Dec. 11, 2012 and is surpassed the record for longest X-37B spaceflight on Wednesday (March 26).
 
Until now, the record for the longest X-37B mission is 469 days, set by the program's OTV-2 mission that was launched in 2011.

The now uses the first of the Air Force's two X-37B space plane vehicles. The same spacecraft was used to fly the first-ever X-37B mission (the 225-day OTV-1 flight in 2010), while a second vehicle flew the longer OTV-2 mission a year later.

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