SpaceX to launch secret Air Force space plane

prototype-x37b-1000Continuing to break new ground in the launch business, SpaceX has secured a contract to launch the Air Force’s secretive space plane, the X-37B.

Following SpaceX’s first successful defence satellite launch in early May, the company has broken the monopoly held by the Boeing-Lockheed United Launch Alliance for US military launches.

It is known that the X-37B launches vertically on a rocket, and then lands on a runway like an airplane, but its purpose is not yet known. This follows the craft’s recent successful 700 day mission.

Read more: CNN / Space / The Verge

Image: US Air Force/Michael Stonecypher. Public domain.

This story is taken from the 9 June 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.