27 Apr '15, 5pm

#USAF to begin fourth X-37B space plane mission in May

#USAF to begin fourth X-37B space plane mission in May

The US Air Force (USAF) plans to launch its Boeing X-37B unmanned space plane to begin a fourth mission next month, the Pentagon announced on 24 April. The X-37B, which looks like a miniature version of NASA's space shuttle, is again expected to be launched from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, is scheduled for 20 May. "We are excited about our fourth X-37B mission," Randy Walden, director of the USAF's 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." The Rapid Capabilities Office plans to test the performance of an experimental propulsion system developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), am...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/50980/usaf-to-begin-fourth-x...

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