The spaceplane was sent on the Atlas V booster rocket. It will be in orbit for the sixth time. The X-37B experimental unmanned orbital aircraft has been under development since 1999 for the United States Air Force.
The project was classified in 2004. The spacecraft was first launched into orbit in 2010.
It is reported that this time during the mission a number of tasks will be completed. In particular, the installation in orbit of a small satellite FalconSat-8. Several experiments will also be conducted. During one of them, the effect of radiation on seeds will be studied, and during the second, the possibility of converting solar energy into microwave energy.
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