Officially named the X-37B/OTV will take flight next month, it is a small sized version of The Space shuttle, and Witch can fit inside the cargo bay of its bigger cousin! This space vehicle was originally designed to fly with a 6-person crew, but after NASA turned the project over to The US Air Force, The vehicle will fly Unmanned To test concepts for future shuttle type spacecraft.
The X37 will be launched on to of An Atlas V launch vehicle from Florida’s Cape Canaveral. This vehicle is designed to stay in orbit for 270 days but The US Air force has not released information on its return date.
Length / 27.5 ft
Weight /6 tons
Experiment Bay /7ft x 4ft
On-Orbit Propulsion/ AR 2/3
Propellant / Hydrogen Peroxide and JP-8
This article was contributed by resident aviation news editor James Abbey.
Source: Thaindian News & The Marshal Space Flight Center