X-37B to return to earth

Irene Klotz reports that the X-37B will land soon: Secret military mini-shuttle returning to Earth: Air Force says robotic craft completed 9-month mission – Reuters.

> A miniature robotic space shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral in April has completed a nine-month classified mission for the military and will be headed for a landing as early as Friday, Air Force officials said on Tuesday.

The vehicle, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, is expected to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California between Friday and Monday, depending on weather and technical considerations, the Air Force said in a statement.

Update: See also /– Preparations underway for first landing of X-37B – Vandenberg AFB (via Robert Pearlman). /– Secret mini-shuttle due for landing as soon as Friday – Spaceflight Now

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