The launch has received unexpected traction both because of the secretive mission and because of the timing of the launch despite Hurricane Irma warning. Thursday's launch will be the 13th Falcon 9 liftoff this year, after being banned from launches late last year due to an explosion in their Cape Canaverallaunch pad.
An unmanned Falcon rocket took off from the Kennedy Space Center in Brevard County, Florida, on Thursday afternoon to bring the X-37B shuttle into orbit.
This is the first time SpaceX has provided a lift for the experimental mini-shuttle.
This mission marks the 16th successful landing of Falcon 9 post-launch and seventh successful landing on solid ground. The X-37B's four previous missions began with it being thrust into orbit atop an Atlas V booster.
The space plane will also operate in a higher-inclination orbit on the OTV-5 mission than it has during any other mission, Air Force officials said.
While the specifics of the X-37B's mission aren't available to the public, it will be "conducting experiments" post-launch.
Built by Boeing's Phantom Works division and managed by the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office, each spaceship has a wingspan of almost 15 feet (4.5 meters) and a length of more than 29 feet (8.9 meters). This makes it the only launch provider to accomplish this besides the United Launch Alliance, and should help ensure SpaceX gets more business from U.S, defense contracts in future. "This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies".
We do know that the experimental program is created to help work out the kinks in reusable spacecraft, and there are two X-37B vehicles, built by Boeing.
It launched from launch pad 39A, which NASA had once used for Apollo moon missions and many Space Shuttle missions. She suggested that price was a factor in the Air Force's decision to go with Falcon 9.
With Payne taking a starring role, Alabama allowed just 40 rushing yards (on 27 carries) to the Seminoles Saturday night. On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Dylan Moses caused Keith Gavin to fumble, and Keith Holcombe recovered at the FSU 11.
That is up from 32 per cent in February but well below the 41.5 per cent her party won in the last election in 2013. But Mrs Merkel insisted she would not shy away from hard debates in areas where her popularity has dipped.
And it is worth mentioning that the team probably would not have won the match had not been for the subs. "We kept playing today". United have made a fast start in the league with three wins from three , and Lindelof admits he'd like to be part of the action.
The system is forecast to move near the northeastern coast of SC and along the North Carolina coast Monday night and Tuesday . The system is then forecast to hug the coast of North and South Carolina Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday, only hours after Sulcer was found dead, Riley told PEOPLE the devoted mother "absolutely saved the child's life". Her daughter was awake but suffering from hypothermia when she was rescued.
Aside from the implications for the balance of power in the Senate, the trial also poses complications for upcoming Senate votes. Melgen also supposedly paid the bill for a suite in a five-star hotel in Paris where Menendez and a guest stayed in 2010.
State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert explained earlier this week that committing to a two-state solution would "bias" the outcome of a peace agreement between Israel and the PA.
Jamie Foxx Katie and Me? AYYYYYY!!
In 2006 Katie Holmes (with Tom Cruise in tow) and Jamie Foxx mingled on the sidelines before a Redskins-Vikings game. While it may seem like an unlikely pairing, people seemed to be totally elated for the newly public couple.
Xiaomi Mi 7 to pack Snapdragon 845 SoC, 8GB RAM
Some reports suggest that it will have 6GB RAM, while some rumours point out that the Mi MIX 2 could come with 8GB RAM. Now, the smartphone's retail box has been revealed, courtesy CEO Lei Jun , along with promo campaign images as well.
LA Tuna fire forces hundreds to evacuate in Los Angeles
A wind shift at around 2 p.m. caused embers to blow across I-210, igniting dry brush that resulted in another fire. The firefighters were praying for some relief in the heat waves that have been engulfed the state for few days.
Gas prices spike in London to $131.9/L
While Canada isn't expected to experience the same supply problems, Americans could look north for more gasoline, he said. In Vancouver, McKnight predicted little change on the weekend but McTeague says he expects a five-cent jump on Saturday.
Look What Taylor Swift Did
Within the first verse she makes a comment about Kanye West and his titled stage from his Saint Pablo tour. In the video , a reporter asks Kardashian what the No. 1 song on her iPod is.
Princes William, Harry honour Diana's charity work
The trio braved the wet weather to carry out an emotional engagement, paying tribute to Diana on the eve of her death anniversary. It is a more muted affair than in 1997, when a sea of flowers formed outside the gates after Diana's death.
Samsung Introduces New Fitness Products
This altered quite heavily depending on how hard the band was pushed and whether Global Positioning System was on or off. It's also water resistant up to 50 meters too, so it can survive a dunk in the bath and a dip in the swimming pool.
Three more Erdogan guards indicted over Erdogan melee
On the day of the violence, police detained two members of Erdogan's security detail but released them shortly afterward. Two of the defendants were arrested in June following the incident, but the rest of the defendants are now at large.
Sharapova's tactics questioned in grand slam return
The defending women's champion, Germany's Angelique Kerber , doesn't play until Tuesday, when she is to face Naomi Osaka of Japan. But it was like she had never been away as she took her night-time record on the Arthur Ashe Stadium to 18 wins in 18 matches.