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US aerospace company SpaceX on Thursday launched its Falcon 9 rocket for the USA military, carrying the mysterious X-37B space plane to orbit for its fifth secret mission. The launch is being held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which makes accounting for weather particularly tricky at the moment.

This was the X-37B program's first launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

The Air Force has been sending the X-37B into space since 2010 with each missions spending hundreds of days in space before landing.

Following guidelines set by the Air Force, SpaceX ended live commentary on the progress of the second stage's flight less than three minutes after liftoff.

OTV-5 is the first X-37B mission to use a SpaceX rocket.

Four stabilizing grid fins also helped maneuver the 14-story booster as it encountered thicker air falling through the stratosphere.




Yes, you read that correctly; this marked SpaceX's 16 overall successful landing of the Falcon 9 (and the seventh on terra firma).

SpaceX will carry a US Air Force drone for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Falcon 9's upper stage apparently completed its orbit insertion and deployment maneuvers without trouble, and Air Force and Boeing officials called the launch a success. The space plane most recently returned to Earth back in May, after a two-year sojourn in orbit, where it was presumably doing something.

The X-37 has hitched previous rides to space on a United Launch Alliance rocket. What exactly the unmanned ship, referred to as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, has been tasked to accomplish is unclear. The X-37B is going to a higher inclination orbit than usual but the X-37B's main mission is classified and is being fiercely guarded.

There's not a whole lot to say about the X-37B, since it involves a highly classified mission. Resembling a small space shuttle, it will conduct orbital experiments.

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