Secretary of the air force Heather Wilson did not announce the purpose of departure from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida) spaceplane X-37B. The launch is planned on the seventh of September with the help of SpaceX’s Falcon rockets, but can be delayed due to bad weather, writes Popular Mechanics.
X-37B was conceived as a cheaper alternative to the Space Shuttle, its mission was to deliver astronauts and cargo, and when you return back to the spaceplane had to sit down on a normal runway.
All previous launches X-37B was carried out with the help of the carrier rocket Atlas 5, launch using SpaceX’s Falcon rocket will be held for the first time will be the test for the brainchild of Elon musk.
Detail the purpose and objectives for which the US air force uses the apparatus, not disclosed. Popular Mechanics writes that X-37B is used to test new military space technologies, including ion engines, optical and radar sensors. Also with the help of a spaceplane studied the influence of space conditions on advanced materials.