Casual Friday, redux — X-37B

So today you get an extra dose of video — courtesy of the historic landing of the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B mini-shuttle. As I told you some months back, it’s a bit of an odd duck — started as a NASA vehicle, then got shunted off to the military world. Now it’s been described as a “secret shuttle,” even though the Air Force has been issuing press releases on it.

Legitimately, though, it’s the payload and mission that are both the point of the vehicle and the classified part of things.

Anyway, here’s the post-landing video release, showing infrared imagery of the X-37B rolling to a stop (it landed at night), as well as post-landing activity to “safe” the vehicle by cleaning out residual propellant and such:

If your browser isn’t Flash friendly, here’s the direct link. Meanwhile, both Florida Today and NASA Spaceflight have good writeups on the landing, while Space.com has some really good post-landing photos.

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