The Boeing spacecraft X-37B went into orbit for the sixth time as part of the USSF-7 mission, the official mission goal, like the last five, was not disclosed.
U.S. carrier company United Launch Alliance (ULA) launched the Atlas V booster rocket with an experimental unmanned X-37B spacecraft for the US Space Forces. She started from the SLC-41 site at Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The Boeing spacecraft X-37B went into orbit for the sixth time as part of the USSF-7 mission. The official purpose of the mission, as well as the past five, was not disclosed. It is assumed that the spaceplane will be engaged in reconnaissance.
According to ULA, as part of the mission, the spaceplane will collect data for NASA on the effects of radiation on seeds, as well as data on the conversion of solar energy into microwave energy for the Naval Research Laboratory. How many days the spacecraft will spend in orbit this time, has not yet been reported.
The spacecraft last spent 780 days in orbit, breaking its own record of being in space. He was sent in 2017, he returned to Earth in October last year.
The launch of the X-37B was postponed from Saturday (May 16) due to bad weather. This influenced the launch of the next batch of 60 SpaceX satellites for the Starlink Internet coverage network. The company has already postponed the launch to May 19.