The Air Force's first unmanned space shuttle glided home to a night time landing in California this morning following a historic mission.
The X-37B mini-shuttle made a pinpoint touchdown at Vandenberg, AFB northeast of Los Angeles today at 4:16 am EST, following nearly 225 days in space.
X-37B program manager Lt Col Troy Giese stated moments after landing, "We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives for the first mission."
The craft's long flight was cloaked in military silence, with little known about the performance of the craft and if any issues arose.
The X-37B is a winged, aerodynamic spacecraft with a similar style to NASA's space shuttle.
Launched from Florida last April 22, the X-37B craft has a wing span of nearly 15 feet and a 29-foot body length.
A second flight by a second unmanned vehicle is due to launch from Cape Canaveral around May 1.