A rocket was used to carry the X-37B, a remotely operated space plane that uses solar power, which will orbit the Earth while carrying experiments into space. The Air Force, which own two X-37B vehicles, has historically been reticent to comment on the capabilities of the X-37B and what it does during its extended time in space, aside from hosting scientific experiments.
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ULA says it was critical to perform the launch of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, despite the COVID-19 emergency happening around the globe.
Built by Boeing, which also provides mission support, the X-37B has flown on five previous missions, with each progressively longer in duration.
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America's most experienced space launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched the X-37B orbital test vehicle for the U.S. Space Force at 9:14 am EDT this morning from LC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. But it could be a while before the X-37 descends from orbit to end its mission with a runway landing. The uncrewed test vehicle spends long periods on orbit circling the Earth while conducting these missions, with its longest mission to date being a record 780 days for its flight that landed on October 27. In March, it hoisted a national security satellite.
The company said it followed health advice for the launch.
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