SpaceX Just Launched a Mysterious Space Plane Right Before a Monster Hurricane

08 September, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Archie Newman
  • SpaceX preparing for launch of mini spy space shuttle for US Air Force despite Hurricane Irma warning

Video SpaceX has successfully launched the US Air Force's secretive mini-space-shuttle X-37B from the biz's launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The X37-b sits in a payload fairing atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in preparation for launch. In May 2015, SpaceX signed with the US Air Force to conduct security space mission taking over the role United Launch Alliance used to perform.

ULA CEO Tory Bruno disputes that ULA was even afforded the opportunity to participate in the bidding process, however. While the second stage continued hauling the X-37B to orbit, the first stage maneuvered its way back to Earth, eventually pulling off a vertical touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next door to KSC.

Military officials said launching the OTV-5 mission on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket would add to the program's flexibility, demonstrating the X-37B can fly on two different types of boosters. While the secretive nature of the Orbital Test Vehicle missions mean that live coverage ended after the first stage landed, this resulted in fantastic live coverage of the landing, as is now routine.

On its last mission the "spaceplane" stayed in orbit for nearly two years, but it's unknown how long the current mission is expected to last.

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Elon Musk's commercial space flight company, #SpaceX has been doing secret missions for the U.S. government since 2015. For comparison, the space shuttles were 122 feet (37 m) long, with 78-foot (24 m) wingspans.

SpaceX launches have become something of a routine over the past year or so, but if you think there's nothing interesting about yet another launch being carried out by Elon Musk's stellar startup, you're dead wrong.

Publicly, the Air Force says the X37-B is a testing platform for advanced technologies for spaceflight, but few details have ever been provided.

After that trip the X-37B landed in Florida, and the Air Force has said that it wants to base the aircraft in the Sunshine State in the future. Over all four previous missions, the space craft have spent a total of 2,085 days in space.

We do know that the experimental program is created to help work out the kinks in reusable spacecraft, and there are two X-37B vehicles, built by Boeing. She suggested that price was a factor in the Air Force's decision to go with Falcon 9. X-37B's fourth mission set an endurance record, racking up 718 days in orbit before landing in early May at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

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