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U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket


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U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane to launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

The seventh mission of the X-37B, designated USSF-52, is projected to launch Dec. 7 from Kennedy Space Center

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The seventh mission of the reusable U.S. Air Force X-37B spaceplane is scheduled to launch Dec. 7 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The spaceplane is built by Boeing and operated by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and the U.S. Space Force. The upcoming mission will be Orbital Test Vehicle 7. 

Read More: ➡️ SpaceNews

 

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2 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

 

 

Totally amazing!

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Wow!  I am always in complete awe for a lift off of any kind.  But that was just fantastic!

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Absolutely breathtaking!  Now the home screen on my computer!

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19 minutes ago, saywhat said:

If I were a betting man, I'd put my money on the X-37b's purpose being a vehicle that could grab/steal satellites and bring them back to examine.

You'd lose that bet, it's far too small to steal all but the smallest satellites.

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3 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

You'd lose that bet, it's far too small to steal all but the smallest satellites.

Do we have any idea about X-37b’s mission …..@Waspie_Dwarf…

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24 minutes ago, Shadowsfall said:

Do we have any idea about X-37b’s mission …..@Waspie_Dwarf…

Not really. We know that there are some NASA experiments on-board, but the rest of the mission is cloaked in secrecy. The most likely explanation for the role of the X-37B is that it is a test bed for new sensors/materials, etc that can be exposed to space for long periods and then returned to Earth for inspection. Most other roles that have been proposed for it could be done more effectively and cheaply by a non-reusable satellite.

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