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The mysterious plane space X-37B of the Space Force of the united States has just been launched with success in your sixth mission from Florida. Mounted on a rocket United Launch Alliance Atlas V, the spacecraft with experiments classified in its interior, took off from the Launch Complex Space 41 at the Air Force Station of Cape Canaveral at 9:14 am EDT (14.14 Spanish time) may 17 . A take-off which had to be postponed a day due to the bad weather conditions .
while the exact purpose of the X-37B is a secret, the staff of the Space Force have revealed that the mission will test a variety of systems in the space. Some of these experiments include a small satellite called the FalconSat-8 , two payloads of the NASA designed to study the effects of radiation on different materials, as well as seeds to grow food in space and an experiment of transmission of energy using microwave energy.
The Office of Quick-Response Capacities of the Space Force of the united states. UU. And the Air Force has two aircraft space X-37B in the form of a shuttle miniature (also known as test vehicles, orbital or OTV) which used for military missions classified into low earth orbit. Have flown five missions since 2010, four of them, in rockets, ULA Atlas V and the fifth in a SpaceX Falcon 9 .
The launch occurred just six months after the most recent mission, OTV-5, landed at the Kennedy Space Center on 2 October.
the characteristics of The X-37B
the X-37B is a miniavión driven by solar energy and built by Boeing , although it was originally developed by NASA to serve as test bench technology for future reusable spacecrafts, and to perform experiments operating which can be returned to and examined on earth. Reminds me of a miniature version of a space shuttle, by what is popularly known as ” Baby-shuttle “.
The spacecraft measures almost 9 meters long, 3 meters high and 4.5 width . Within it, more or less, so it can fit in a van, while the cargo space useful has been expanded for this last flight. It was released for the first time in a rocket Falcon 9 on 7 September 2017 and has since completed five flights, the longest of the last, with 780 days in orbit.