U.S. Air Force has succeeded in launching a space plane which can operate without anyone sitting inside it, on Thursday. The plane called Orbital Test Vehicle, also known as the X-37B, took off from Cape Canaveral at 7:52 p.m. EDT.
It is essentially a space shuttle kind of a craft which has been designed to rotate around the Earth’s orbit. Its landing will be manipulated by remote piloting. However, the Air Force has declined to provide any details o the main purpose or payloads of the aircraft, so far.
On the official blog of Air Force, X-37B was described as a supple space test forum for holding a number of experiments for the proper transit of satellite sensors, subsystems, components and associated technology to and from the space.
Some guesswork on the purpose of designing the aircraft suggests that it has been launched as an orbital platform for lasers or weapons for turning down the spy satellites.
The notable launch of X-37B's by private contractors has stimulated the idea of outsourcing the space missions to the private sector.