SpaceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane

SpaceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane

September 6, 2017

SpeceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane

SpaceX is sending to orbit for the first time the X-37B, the super secret US Air Force spaceplane.

Four previous X-37B missions sent into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

This launch will be the first SpaceX mission for US Air Force and the first time a space plane has launched on a Falcon 9 rocket.



SpeceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane (4)

Built by Boeing, the X-37B launches vertically into a rocket but then lands like a traditional plane, is also called the ‘Orbital Test Vehicle – OTV.’

SpeceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane (3)

Randy Walden, the director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, said:

“The many firsts on this mission make the upcoming OTV launch a milestone for the program.



It is our goal to continue advancing the X-37B OTV so it can more fully support the growing space community.”

SpeceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane (2)

SpeceX is sending to orbit the Secret US Air Force Spaceplane (1)

Images credit Boeing

source SpaceX

 

By | 2017-09-06T11:00:01+00:00 Sep 6, 2017|Categories: Space|

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