Air Force’s unmanned shuttle lands after 780-day orbit

Space Science

An unmanned X-37B space plane landed Sunday at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after 780 days in orbit.

The mission launched on a SpaceX rocket on Sept. 7, 2017.

Live Science reports the plane is part of the Air Force’s mini-shuttle fleet, and broke the previous record of 718 days in orbit by another X-37B

The solar-powered space planes were built by Boeing and feature a miniature payload bay to host experiments or smaller satellites, Live Science reports. They were originally designed to spend up to 240 days in orbit.

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