Mysterious US military aircraft launches into space

A US Air Force handout photograph dated 30 March 2010 shows a testing procedure, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle taxis on the flightline at the Astrotech facility in Titusville, Florida, USA, as shown . An unmanned X-37B spaceplane, which resembles a smaller version of the US space shuttle, was launched by the US Air Force on Sunday. EPA/US AIR FORCE HANDOUT

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The US Air Force has successfully launched its Atlas V rocket, carrying a X-37B space plane for a secretive mission.

The rocket launched on Sunday from Cape Canaveral, a day after bad weather halted plans for a Saturday launch.

The aircraft, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), will deploy a satellite into orbit and also test power-beaming technology.

It is the plane’s sixth mission in space.

The launch was dedicated to front line workers and those affected by the pandemic. A message including the words “America Strong” was written on the rocket’s payload fairing.

X-37B is a classified programme and very little is known about it. The Pentagon has revealed very few details about the drone’s missions and capabilities in the past.

Read more via CBS News

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