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This top-secret plane has been in space for a year, and we don't know why

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The X-37B is part of a top-secret government program to develop reusable, unmanned spacecraft technologies and conduct experiments.

The Air Force has already successfully completed three X-37B missions starting with the first launch in April of 2010.

"They are filling the payload bay with various experiments," he added.

The Air Force has opened up about some of the technologies being tested on the latest flight, including advanced guidance, reusable insulation, and advanced propulsion systems.

"The sorts of things that you would want with something like this … you develop new technology sensors like new cameras, new listening devices, intelligence gathering radio antennas, and maybe a new type of antenna dish that unfolds in a new way.

And you want to exercise it in space multiple times and then bring it back to earth," he said.

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