X-37B robotic space plane set to return from 22-month orbital mission

The experimental X-37B spacecraft, which has been circling Earth for nearly two years, is scheduled to land in California on Tuesday.

The experimental X-37B spacecraft, which has been circling Earth for nearly two years, is scheduled to land in California on Tuesday. (AP file photo)

he U.S. military plans to land its secretive X-37B robotic space plane in California on Tuesday, ending a classified 22-month mission, officials said.

The exact time and date will depend on weather and technical factors, the air force said in a statement released on Friday. The X-37B space plane, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, blasted off for its second mission aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Dec. 11, 2012.

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