Watch Live: SpaceX Launches Mysterious X-37B Spaceplane Into Orbit

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Dec 11, 2023 - 01:10 AM

The US Space Force's Boeing X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane will be launched atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on Sunday evening. 

The mysterious spaceplane is built by Boeing and operated by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space Force. Its last mission ended a little over a year ago after spending 2.5 years in low-Earth orbit. 

"The X-37B continues to equip the United States with the knowledge to enhance current and future space operations," Chief of Space Operations Gen. B. Chance Saltzman said in a statement. 

Saltzman continued: "X-37B Mission 7 demonstrates the USSF's commitment to innovation and defining the art-of-the-possible in the space domain." 

With each successive top-secret mission, the X-37B spends long and longer time in orbit:

The liftoff window begins at 8:14 p.m. EST (0114 GMT) at Launch Complex-39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. 

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