The highly secretive X-37B space plane has been moved to a shuttle hangar at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., which could bring hundreds of jobs to the area, according to a Florida Today report.
The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA)-built craft is being moved into the Orbiter Processing Facility-1, which will allow the Air Force “to efficiently land, recover, refurbish and re-launch,” the newspaper said Sunday.
It is thought that the move will bring 200 jobs initially before building up to 550 jobs -- assuming Boeing wins a contract to use it to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.
The unmanned craft originally started off life as a NASA project but was moved to the Defense Department in 2004. It conducted its first flight in April 2006 and has since made several trips into space.
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NASA is currently in talks with SpaceX to take over one of its two space pads and with Space Florida to take over the three-mile runway.