WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed in Florida on Sunday after a record-long orbital flight lasting more than two years, the U.S. Air Force said, capping the latest test mission for an array of military technologies.
The Air Force’s top secret unmanned X-37B space plane blasted off on its fifth flight on Sept. 7, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with an assist from a Falcon 9 rocket booster belonging to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX, the Associated Press reports.
While it may seem like the U.S. Army’s latest take on the dune buggy looks like a vehicle ripped from a scene from “Mad Max: Fury Road,” don’t be fooled: Military strategists hope that a new type of specialized fast attack vehicles will give combat troops the edge they need to counter all manner of new threats.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja
As man pushes further into the dark recesses of space, the margin of error decreases and the most unlikely things begin to pose a greater threat, like poop. Yes, in the vacuum of space even poop can kill you.