US Air Force Launches Mysterious X-37B Plane for Space Experiments

Bulgaria Mystery Rocket was Launched in Space this Sunday

The Air Force said this mission will carry more experiments than any of the previous X-37B fights.

Officials aren't saying how long the spacecraft will remain in orbit this time or the goal of the mission.

Raymond said during a call with reporters that the USA military gains valuable insights from each of the X-37B missions.

The one just launched features an extra compartment for experiments, including several for NASA.

The newly-established Space Force blasted a secretive space plane into orbit from Florida Sunday for a mystery military mission.

"The secret deployment of multiple small satellites raises additional questions about the mission of the X-37B", stated the annual Global Counterspace Capabilities report released by the Secure World Foundation in March.

According to the latest forecast from the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 80% chance of favorable weather for launch on Sunday.

The mission start had been delayed from Saturday morning because of high winds at the launch site and a heavy cloud cover.

The chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force Gen. John Raymond and Barrett were at Cape Canaveral to observe the launch of the mission code named USSF-7.

The Air Force said in a statement that its launch honors all front-line workers and responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who have been affected by the outbreak.

United Launch Alliance, which provided the Atlas V rocket, said it followed health advice for the launch with flight controllers wearing masks and spread out. Numerous flight controllers wore masks and were spread out.

The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has an exceptionally fast turnaround for its next launch.

Another launch attempt will be made in 24 hours. Past test flights have lasted as long as 780 days. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content. Space Force's new recruiting video unveiled May 6 by Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.



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