Mysterious mission. SpaceX launched the US Space Force into the sky
December 29, 19:45 Share:
Secret X-37B mission launched (Photo: Screenshot from SpaceX/X video)
After two weeks of delays, the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched the US military spacecraft X-37B.
The X-37 was lifted into the sky from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the night of December 29. SpaceX's first two attempts to launch a secret military spacecraft earlier this month were delayed due to bad weather and problems with ground equipment.
This eight-meter unmanned experimental orbital aircraft is designed to test technologies used for space flights. Details of X-37 missions are traditionally kept secret. For the latest, which launched this week, the US Space Force said only that the mission « will include the operation of a reusable spaceplane in new orbital regimes». Information about the orbital plane's flight plans and payload has not been released.
SpaceX livestreamed the launch. It was interrupted before the X-37B spacecraft was deployed into orbit.
According to Space, the US Space Force is believed to have two such orbital aircraft made by Boeing.. This week's launch was the seventh for the X-37B.. This time, for the first time, SpaceX was involved in launching a mysterious spaceship.. The December 28 launch was also SpaceX's 95th launch of 2023.
The December 28 launch was also SpaceX's 95th launch of 2023. NV Techno reported that this year Elon Musk set an ambitious goal to carry out 100 launches of Falcon family launch vehicles. Although SpaceX set its own record for the most launches, it failed to achieve this goal.
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