Secret military space plane moving to KSC

Published On: Jan 03 2014 02:38:36 PM EST

A secretive military space plane will base its operations at Kennedy Space Center.

Local 6 news partner Florida Today reports the Air Force’s X-37B “Orbital Test Vehicle” will take over the former shuttle hangar called Orbiter Processing Facility-1, according to The Boeing Co., the vehicle’s manufacturer.

Already launched from Florida, the vehicles, which resemble small, unmanned space shuttles, could also land on the former shuttle runway at KSC.

One of the space planes is still in orbit after launching from the Cape in December 2012.

Two previous landings and processing of the X-37B so far have been performed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The Air Force had previously confirmed it was studying a consolidation of operations at KSC or the Cape.

Neither the Air Force nor Boeing commented today beyond confirming plans to expand Florida operations, and did not disclose the move’s job or financial impacts.