The X-37B spacecraft is a reusable spaceplane built by Boeing and operated by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office and the U.S. Space Force.
On December 28, 2023, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the X-37B spacecraft for the US military 3
The mission, designated USSF-52, will conduct a wide range of tests, including operating the reusable spaceplane in new orbital regimes, experimenting with space domain awareness technologies.
The launch took place at 8:07 p.m. from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.
The Falcon Heavy rocket lifted off the launch pad and soared into the sky, leaving behind a trail of smoke and fire.
The X-37B spacecraft separated from the Falcon Heavy rocket and entered orbit around the Earth.
The spacecraft will spend several months in orbit, conducting experiments and tests before returning to Earth .
The successful launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket and the X-37B spacecraft marks another milestone in the history of space exploration.