Space Plane: Mysterious US military aircraft launches

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52698133

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The US Air Force has successfully launched its Atlas V rocket, carrying a X-37B space plane for a secretive mission. The rocket launched on Sunday from Cape Canaveral, a day after bad weather halted plans for a Saturday launch. The aircraft, also known as an Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), will deploy a satellite into orbit and also test power-beaming technology. It is the plane’s sixth mission in space. The launch was dedicated to front line workers and those affected by the pandemic. A message including the words “America Strong” was written on the rocket’s payload fairing.