VAFB prepping for mini space shuttle landing

By Janene Scully/Associate Editor/[email protected]

Crews at Vandenberg Air Force Base are prepping for the landing of the second X-37B mini space shuttle after its approximately 15 top-secret months in orbit.

Landing of the Air Force’s unmanned, reusable spaceplane on Vandenberg’s 3-mile-long runway is expected to occur in early to mid-June, officials said May 30.

Air Force officials said the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, but this week the arrival was rumored to be as soon as today.

Officially, a 48-hour announcement of the landing is expected, since the Air Force must advise mariners and aviators to stay out of the area due to the impending landing.