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Space Force Sets Launch Date for 6th X-37B Spaceplane Mission; John Raymond Quoted

John Raymond
John Raymond
John Raymond
John Raymond

The U.S. Space Force and United Launch Alliance are preparing to launch the sixth Orbital Test Vehicle mission through Boeing“™s X-37B spaceplane on May 16.

X-37B will be launched along with an Air Force Academy-built small satellite called FalconSat-8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Space Force said Wednesday

FalconSat-8 will carry experiments from the Air Force as well as NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory focused on subject areas such as solar power, radiation impact and plant research.

In a prior announcement, ULA said it is continuing assembly activities for the Atlas V launch vehicle that will send the X-37B plane to orbit as part of the OTV-6 flight, also known as the USSF-7 mission.

The company noted that USSF-7 will serve as its 139th mission and 84th for the Atlas V rocket.

According to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, the OTV-6 effort will host more experiments than previous missions and focus on reusable space systems.

“Each launch represents a significant milestone and advancement in terms of how we build, test, and deploy space capabilities in a rapid and responsive manner,“ noted Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations at the Space Force and 2020 Wash100 Award winner.

X-37B last took off for the fifth OTV mission in 2017 aboard SpaceX“™s Falcon 9 vehicle carrying payload from the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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