El Segundo Boeing facility helped develop and build X-37B unmanned plane


This undated file image provided by the U.S. Air Force shows the X-37B spacecraft. The unmanned Air Force space plane steered itself to a landing early Saturday, June 16, 2012, at a California military base, capping a 15-month clandestine mission. (The Associated Press/USAF)By Muhammed El-Hasan – The unmanned Air Force space plane that just completed a 15-month secret mission was developed in part at Boeing’s El Segundo facilities.

The spacecraft spent 469 days in orbit before landing Saturday at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.

“We have an expedited manufacturing process by leveraging the best of Boeing’s aircraft processes,” Boeing spokeswoman Diana Ball said. “We’re completing one about every five months. It’s very fast. It lends itself nicely when we have 12 clones.”

Building a single satellite usually requires years rather than months. more> http://tinyurl.com/d239874

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