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SpaceX launches super-secret spaceplane as Hurricane Irma nears Florida

SpaceX launches super-secret spaceplane as Hurricane Irma nears Florida

On Thursday, as Hurricane Irma makes its way toward Florida for possible landfall this weekend, SpaceX managed to launch a secret, un-crewed space plan for the U.S. Air Force - just in the nick of time. The primary launch window opens this morning at 9:50 a.m. EDT (or 13:50 UTC), and closes at 2:55 p.m. EDT (or 18:55 UTC). In May 2015, SpaceX signed with the US Air Force to conduct security space mission taking over the role United Launch Alliance used to perform. What exactly the unmanned ship, referred to as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, has been tasked to accomplish is unclear.

The Air Force's X-37B, or Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV).

SpaceX stopped providing details about the X-37B's climb to orbit a few minutes after lift-off at the air force's request. Other than that, we don't know what the X-37B will be up to, or for how long.

There's not a whole lot to say about the X-37B, since it involves a highly classified mission. It stayed in orbit for almost two years on its last trip to space before it landed at Kennedy Space Centre in May.

The Air Force is known to possess two X-37Bs, both of which were built by Boeing.

Previously, Lockheed Martin's Atlas rockets brought the Boeing vehicle into space. Additionally the space magazine reported that some aerospace experts believe the Air Force is testing small satellites that could be cheaper than current technologies.

On its last mission, the solar-powered X-37B stayed in orbit for 718 days before returning to land on May 7 - longer than any of its previous flights.

The SES 11/EchoStar 105 spacecraft has been delivered to Cape Canaveral from its Airbus Defense and Space factory in Toulouse, France. The four or more weeks between launches at LC-39A will hopefully provide SpaceX enough time to deal with whatever complications Hurricane Irma brings, and will also provide plenty of breathing room for the team of engineers working to reactivate launch pad LC-40.

A commercial South Korean television broadcast satellite named Koreasat 5A is third in line on SpaceX's launch manifest, with liftoff from Florida scheduled for mid-October.

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