Records continue to fall into the U.S. space shuttle Space Force X-37B.
As of today (July 7), the X-37B has been in Earth orbit for 781 days, breaking its previous record of 780. The reusable car that was designed and built by Boing is currently flying in its sixth campaign, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-6 or OTV-6, launched on May 17, 2020.
Boeing Space announced a milestone today on Twitter, writing that the space shuttle “set another record of endurance – as it did in all operations since its first launch in 2010” while thanking the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, and other Xs. -37B team members.
The current X-37B design includes split payloads, but some of its onboard tests have been made public. One such study last year examined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Photovoltaic Radio-frequency Antenna Module, or PRAM, a small device the size of a pizza box designed to convert solar energy into microwaves that can then be turned back to Earth from orbit.
Some of the payloads introduced on OTV-6 include the U.S. satellite. The Air Force Academy designed the FalconSat-8, which carries five exploratory missions of its own, and two NASA tests designed to test plant seeds’ radiation effects and evaluate space effects on various objects.
The overall design of the X-37B is similar to that of the now-retired NASA spacecraft, though the X-37B is much smaller: a military space aircraft measuring 29 feet (8.8 m) in length and 9.5 m (2.9 m) in height. And flaps its wings less than 15 feet (4.6 m).
When launched, the X-37B weighed 11,000 pounds (4,990 pounds). The X-37B operates at altitudes ranging from 150 to 500 miles (240 to 805 miles). This manual combines de-orbit power with automatic stabilization and a fully electro-mechanical control system that eliminates the need for hydraulic. In the company’s fact sheet (opens in a new tab), Boeing calls the X-37B “one of the newest and most advanced re-spacecraft in the world.”
Although there are rumors or speculations that the X-37B may be an orbital weapon test site or may be used to shoot enemy satellites, experts are skeptical of these claims, arguing that the aircraft is too small and insufficient to control it. . The primary role of aeronautics involves exploring new sensory systems and other technologies in orbit, as U.S. military officials have long claimed.