US Military Launches Highly Classified Unmanned Space Plane

• The US Space Force launched the X-37B spaceplane on Thursday, its 7th flight and 9th launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy booster.

• The launch was delayed 18 days due to issues with ground equipment.

• The X-37B will enter various orbits around Earth for testing, including experiments related to space domain awareness and the effects of long-duration exposure to space on organic materials.

• The mission will also include experiments with solar energy harnessing and power transmission.

• The X-37B is similar to the retired space shuttle but smaller and more affordable.

• The launch marks the 5th time the Falcon Heavy has launched in 2023, with the cargo remaining largely a mystery.

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