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Unmanned US Air Force aircraft returns from two-year secret mission
An unmanned aircraft belonging to the US Air Force landed yesterday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The aircraft was on a secret mission for two-years. It landed at 7:47 am EDT (1147 GMT) on Sunday.

Named X-37B, the aircraft was on a secret mission for two years. It was launched in May 2015 and looks like a miniature space shuttle.

The plane is 29 feet in length with a wingspan of 15 feet. The mission was completed in three spans with the first flight in April 2010, the second in March 2011 and the third in December 2012.

The first flight lasted for eight months, the second for 15 months, and the third flight lasted 22 months.

"Today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th Space Wing as we continue to break barriers," Air Force Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW commander, said in a statement.

"Our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and I am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today's safe and successful landing of the X-37B," Monteith added.

Two such aircrafts exist and both are with the US Air Force. The special aircrafts have been designed by Boeing.

With most of the X-37B's payloads and activities being classified, it has given rise to speculations that the aircraft is being used as a weapon. There were also speculations that the aircraft could also perhaps be an instrument that could be used to disable enemy satellites. But US Air Force officials have strongly refuted such notions and maintained that the aircraft is simply testing technologies on orbit.

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