One of the most mysterious vehicles in the U.S. Defense Department would be their uncrewed orbital X-37B. The spaceship regularly goes on covert missions – but the reason behind the mission is unknown to the public. Once USA’s best-kept secret, the information about the plane has come out in bits and pieces over the years. The craft resembles NASA’s space shuttles – and was built by NASA in 1999. The 29 feet long space shuttle takes off vertically and is set in motion by a rocket. It can maneuver on its own once it reaches orbit and lands back on a runway like a plane.
Here Are Three Things One Should Know About X-37B, also known as Orbital Test Vehicle.
It’s Been Used by Different Military Branches Over the Years
The space shuttle has witnessed different branches of the military take control. NASA in 2004 transferred two X-37B vehicles to the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research. U.S. Air Force had the vehicle for a couple of years before it came under the Space Force ( a newly established department) in 2020.
It’s a Mystery Vehicle
As discussed above, the true purpose of the space shuttle is still a mystery. To date, it has completed six missions, but we don’t know any reason behind the takeoff. There are some speculations that it’s done for surveillance of the Earth’s surface or it’s deploying spy satellites, but there is no evidence to come to any sort of conclusion.
Conspiracy theories also suggest that it can be a space-based bomber or a way to spy on the Chinese space station. But it’s safe to dismiss all these theories as hogwash because, according to exports – something like this would require a huge amount of fuel or would be easy to trace back to the American military.
It Can Orbit the Space for Years
In 2010 X-37B took its first flight and spent 224 days in space. The other vehicle flew up in 2011 and surfaced the orbit for almost double the time than the previous one. The highest record until now is 780 days which is two full years.
Video Leaks Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Apple and Samsung never seem to stop coming out with new phone models, and it seems the latter is on the verge of debuting another one. A video was recently posted on Twitter showing off the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G. While this may not have been from an official source, it gives us hope that the phone could be coming sooner rather than later.
A Legitimate Leak
While most leaks are usually low-quality images or word of mouth, this one seems legit. The video was high-quality and looked like a legitimate advertisement for Samsung’s upcoming product. Not only did the clip give viewers a look at the phone from every angle, but it also confirmed that it would be available in a copper color. Apparently, green and black models will also be available upon launch.
Virtually The Same
This new phone may look a little familiar to those who own a Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. That’s because there are almost no differences between the new product and the one that debuted in February. This updated version of the Galaxy Z Flip has 5G capabilities, and that’s pretty much the extent of the changes. Aside from an upgrade to a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, and a slightly thicker dual-lens camera, the two models are identical.
With this video now out in the world, it’s believed that Samsung could officially announce their new product at the beginning of August. The 5th of the month is when the company hosts their next Unpacked event, which will see them reveal a number of new devices. The Galaxy Note 20 is expected to be the headline announcement at this function, but the Galaxy Z Flip 5G may well have its moment to shine.
This new product might not offer much in the way of innovation, but we’re still excited to have the phone on the market in the coming months.