Official SpaceX OTV-5 mission patch.
Credit: SpaceX

 

 

 

 

 

The classified U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane program is now flying its Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-5) mission. Skywatchers are reporting the craft recently made an orbital altitude change.

OTV-5’s space jaunt began on September 7, 2017. To date, the orbiting craft has chalked up some 225 days of flight.

Here’s a view of OTV-5 on April 19, 2018 taken by Tristan Cools of the Belgian Working Group Satellites at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hByWFGaatbAUSvMyeqdQsQnaw82AV0Iu

The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle 4 is seen after landing at NASA ‘s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on May 7, 2017.
Credit: U.S. Air Force courtesy photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, the OTV-5 craft passing in front of the Moon was acquired by Kevin Fetter, an amateur Canadian satellite spotter in Brockville, Ontario and can be viewed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L0aP7my_P4&feature=youtu.be

 

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