On December 11, 2012 the aircraft, a Boeing X-37B, was launched from Cape Canaveral to start its third test flight... The Orbital Test Vehicle (X-37B) was birthed by NASA in 1999... It’s an unmanned robotic reusable vertical take-off, horizontal landing spaceplane. The X-37B can re-enter Earth's atmosphere and land autonomously with no pilot. The robot can even adjust its course in space instead of following the same predictable orbit once it's aloft... The project's total cost is unknown because the budget has been classified since the X-37B project was transferred to DARPA. The specific identity of the payload has not been revealed...
Andrei AKULOV | 21.12.2012