SpaceX launches Air Force's super-secret minishuttle [Yahoo News] 07 Sep, 2017

SpaceX launches Air Force's super-secret minishuttle - ABC News #main-container{visibility:visible !important;} Sections Sections Top Stories Watch U.S. International Politics Lifestyle Entertainment Virtual Reality Health Tech Investigative Sports Weather Shows Shows Good Morning America World News Tonight Nightline 20/20 This Week What Would You Do? Live Live Trump, emir of Kuwait hold news conference SATELLITE: Hurricane Irma approaches the Dominican Republic and Haiti ABC Radio: Trump, emir of Kuwait hold news conference Miami-Dade officials discuss Hurricane Irma preparations Senate debates Harvey disaster relief House takes up omnibus spending bill S.C. Gov. McMaster gives update on Hurricane Irma preps Soon: US State Department briefing Soon: House Armed Services subcommittee hearing on Navy collisions Puppies play at Denali sled dog kennels Beach-goers enjoy the surf at the Jacksonville Pier in Florida More Privacy Policy Your CA Privacy Rights Children's Online Privacy Policy Interest-Based Ads Terms of Use Contact Us Yahoo!-ABC News Network | © 2017 ABC News Internet Ventures. All rights reserved. Search Menu ABC News Log In U.S. International Politics Lifestyle Entertainment Virtual Reality … … Entertainment Virtual Reality Health Tech Investigative Sports Weather Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policy Your CA Privacy RightsYour CA Privacy Rights Children's Online Privacy PolicyChildren's Online Privacy Policy Interest-Based AdsInterest-Based Ads Terms of UseTerms of Use Contact UsContact Us Yahoo!-ABC News Network | © 2017 ABC News Internet Ventures. All rights reserved. Shows Good Morning America Good Morning America World News Tonight World News Tonight Nightline Nightline 20/20 20/20 This Week This Week What Would You Do? What Would You Do? Live Watch SpaceX launches Air Force's super-secret minishuttle By marcia dunn, ap aerospace writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Sep 7, 2017, 1:18 PM ET 0 Shares Email Star The Associated PressIn this frame from video provided by SpaceX an unmanned Falcon rocket launches from Florida'sKennedy Space Center, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. It's the fifth flight for one of these crewless mini shuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. (SpaceX via AP) 0 Shares Email SpaceX launched the Air Force's super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, as schools and businesses boarded up for Hurricane Irma. It's the fifth flight for one of these crewless minishuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. The two Air Force space planes have already logged a combined 5 ? years in orbit. But officials won't say what the spacecraft are doing up there. The last mission lasted almost two years and ended with a May touchdown at the runway formerly used by NASA's space shuttles. The first one launched in 2010. As has become customary, SpaceX landed its leftover booster back at Cape Canaveral for eventual reuse. This was the first time SpaceX has provided a lift for the experimental minishuttle. The previous missions relied on United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rockets. Air Force officials said they want to use a variety of rockets for the X-37B program, to launch quickly if warranted. The Boeing-built minishuttle is 29 feet long, with a 14-foot wingspan. By comparison, NASA's retired space shuttles were 122 feet long, with a 78-foot wingspan. SpaceX stopped providing details about the X-37B's climb to orbit, a few minutes after liftoff at the Air Force's request. The booster's return to SpaceX's landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, however, was broadcast live. "The Falcon has safely landed," a SpaceX launch controller announced. Cheers erupted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. It was SpaceX's 16th successful return of a first-stage booster. Booster rockets are normally discarded at sea. ——— Online: SpaceX: http://www.spacex.com/ Air Force: http://www.patrick.af.mil/ 0 Shares Email Star Comments SpaceX launches Air Force's super-secret minishuttle Correction: Hurricanes-Q&A story Dry Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater AP Exclusive: 'Is risk gone?' Confusion as dam crisis grew Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics French president tells IMF: Europe doesn't need you Prime real estate: Amazon looks for 2nd headquarters Jaguar Land Rover to electrify all new vehicles by 2020 Corruption fuels ivory trade in Central Africa, study says Hurricane Irma leaves 'unprecedented' destruction in the Caribbean, kills at least 13 Trump Jr. denies collusion during meeting with Senate investigators Trump wants Democratic support for tax pitch DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault

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