X-37B enters space for the sixth time

 X-37B enters space for the sixth time

Launch of atlas-5 with X-37B

The launch was scheduled for May 16, but was delayed due to strong winds. The successful launch of the X-37B is a reusable space plane, which is put into low earth orbit and can carry out long-term missions for up to two years. The X-37B spacecraft carries a number of scientific experimental vehicles of the U.S. military and NASA.

The X-37B is a spin off of the x-37a designed by NASA in the late 1990s, which was later handed over to the U.S. Department of defense and is now managed by the air forces office of rapid capabilities. For the past decade, the U.S. Air Force has been secretive about the X-37B mission, but now it is rare to actively disclose the details of its mission as a representative of the U.S. space advantage.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett previously said that the mission will maximize the unique performance of the X-37B, and carry out a number of experiments, including the space solar energy experiment that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is responsible for converting solar energy into radio-frequency microwave energy and transmitting it to the ground; the U.S. Air Force Academy is responsible for the experiment of deploying the small satellite Falcon 8 in orbit; NASA has conducted two experiments to study the effects of space effects such as radiation on crop growth. This is X-37Bs largest scientific load to date.

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