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Blast off for X-37B military spaceplane

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A prototype spaceplane developed for the US military has been launched into orbit from Florida.

The X-37B, which has been likened to a scaled-down space shuttle, blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The unpiloted craft will carry out the first autonomous re-entry and landing in the history of the US space programme.

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