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Boeing’s mysterious X-37B spaceplane has been successfully launched into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Unfortunately, the live video feed was cut after seeing the Atlas V lifting off into space and the separation of the rocket’s first stage from the Centaur upper stage. The reason cited was because it’s a classified mission, especially details about the vehicle itself. Read more for a replay video and additional information.
The live broadcast was stopped so that the US Air Force does not make it easy for adversaries to figure out its capabilities by having that much data about the flight and deployment. In other news, it will be the X-37B’s sixth mission, and involves more experiments, thanks to a new service module added to the aft of the vehicle.
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We’ve learned a lot from the X-37. One of the things that we’ve learned is the value of reusability, and I think as a Space Force there’s a couple things that we’re really going to value and reusability is one of those and autonomy is another one,” said Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond.