SpaceX deploys covert U.S. military satellite as Hurricane Irma closes in

Sep 08, 2017, 00:43
SpaceX deploys covert U.S. military satellite as Hurricane Irma closes in

The Air Force sent a secret space plane into orbit from Florida on Thursday just ahead of Hurricane Irma's expected arrival this weekend. The four or more weeks between launches at LC-39A will hopefully provide SpaceX enough time to deal with whatever complications Hurricane Irma brings, and will also provide plenty of breathing room for the team of engineers working to reactivate launch pad LC-40. Irma was roughly 900 miles from Kennedy Space Center prior to launch.

The company will launch their US Air Force space plane X-37B off of the Falcon 9 rocket.

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SpaceX has conducted their 13th successful launch of 2017 after sending Boeing's X-37B spaceplane into orbit.

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The Air Force said in a release that this is the fifth test of its ship, and it will carry some satellites and test "emerging space technologies" while in orbit. Its last mission lasted 718 days, or nearly two years. You might remember the X-37B from its previous trip to space, which it returned from in May of this year. By comparison, Nasa's retired space shuttles were 122ft long with a 78ft wingspan. Touchdown was near ideal, with the rocket landing directly on the launch pad's SpaceX logo.

The secretive program is based in two former space shuttle hangars near the Vehicle Assembly Building at KSC, allowing both spacecraft to land at the nearby Shuttle Landing Facility. Additionally the space magazine reported that some aerospace experts believe the Air Force is testing small satellites that could be cheaper than current technologies.

Although the Air Force has stayed mostly silent about the X-37B's details, a little information has trickled out from other sources. Boeing houses and prepares the X-37B spaceplanes for launch inside former space shuttle hangars near the space center's huge Vehicle Assembly Building.

Another Falcon 9 rocket is due for launch October 4 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with the third batch of 10 next-generation voice and data relay satellites for Iridium.

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