24 Apr '15, 11pm

#Secretive #X37B #Military Space Plane Will Launch on New Mystery Mission...

Artist's illustration of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane in orbit. The mysterious spacecraft is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission on May 20, 2015. Credit: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center View full size image The United States Air Force's X-37B space plane will launch on its fourth mystery mission next month. The unmanned X-37B space plane , which looks like a miniature version of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter, is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on May 20. "We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission," Randy Walden, director of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, said in a statement. "With the demonstrated success of the first three missions, we’re able to shift our focus from initial checkouts of the vehicle to testing of experimental payloads." [See photo...

Full article: http://www.space.com/29221-x37b-military-space-plane-four...

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