US military’s mysterious X-37B space plane sets new spaceflight record

July 8, 2022

The records keep falling for the U.S. Space Force’s robotic X-37B space plane.

As of today (July 7), the X-37B has been in Earth orbit for 781 days, breaking its previous record of 780. The reusable vehicle designed and built by Boeing is currently flying on its sixth mission, known as Orbital Test Vehicle-6 or OTV-6, which launched on May 17, 2020.

Boeing Space announced the milestone today(opens in new tab) on Twitter, writing that the space plane “has set another endurance record — as it has on every mission since it first launched in 2010” while also thanking the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Space Force, and other X-37B team members…

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