Air Force successfully launches its top secret spy spacecraft.
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A top secret robotic space plane developed by the U.S. Air Force was launched earlier today, Tues. Dec 11. The lift off of the new plane marks the third space mission for the Air Force, which started launching place in 2010. The plane left earth earlier this afternoon around 1:00 p.m. EST from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
Since its development, the super secret plane has gone by many names including X-37B and Orbital test Vehicle-3, or OTV-3 for short. While in space, the plane will be work on autopilot and will carry on board cargo. Despite a new missions, the X-37B plane is actually not a new spacecraft, but instead the same plane that was used in 2010 for the first mission, which was called OTV-1.