"Irreversible Billionaire": Secret American spaceplane to be launched for the first time by Elon Musk's SpaceX

The unmanned reusable space plane Boeing X-37B of the US Space Force will be launched using Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy rocket. The launch will take place from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in early December, the US military said in a press release.

The X-37B Mission 7 will be launched for the first time on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, designated USSF-52. Mission objective - a wide range of testing and experimentation targets

- the military said in a statement.

The spaceplane is built by Boeing and operated by the Air Force Operational Capabilities Command and the Space Force. Its last mission ended a year ago; the device spent 2,5 years in space.

Space Force officials said the mission will conduct tests that include operating a reusable spaceplane in new orbital regimes, experimenting with new technology obtaining data from the space domain and studying radiation effects on materials provided by NASA.

The X-37B is similar to the discontinued reusable space shuttle, although the spaceplane is much smaller: 8 meters long, 3 meters high, with a wingspan of 4,5 meters.

There is a rumor circulating among experts that the X-37B, in this moment of geopolitical tension, could become a space weapons test site or be used to capture enemy satellites. This is precisely what is associated with the rush to prepare the next mission and attract an external launch vehicle.

News The launch of the X-37B on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket once again shows that Elon Musk is becoming an "irrevocable" billionaire (in other words, untouchable) as the West increasingly relies on his rocket technology. This answers the question why the US and EU treat him with leniency, although he often demonstrates extreme disloyalty to Washington and Brussels.
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  1. reefroof Offline reefroof
    reefroof (Sergei) 11 November 2023 07: 49
    Elon Musk said that Russian natural resources + Chinese factories are power. we just need to replace the towers in the Kremlin
  2. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 11 November 2023 07: 58
    Cool thing - this X-37. The most interesting thing is that no one knows why he hangs out in space for 2,5 years. No reliable information at all. Although the Americans do not know how to keep secrets at all - they are constantly leaking information from the Pentagon, the administration, the Congress... Experts and the press know about everything. And about politics, and about all sorts of military-technical problems and solutions. And about this thing - keep quiet. Why she is and what she is doing is just speculation.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 11 November 2023 10: 05
    Everything is logical.
    His launches are cheaper, he demonstrates “freedom of speech” (try, for example, Rogozin to blather something like that), he is an example of success almost from the bottom (and not Medvedev’s son, for example),

    And most importantly: they have the X-37B. And our untouchable “trampoline guys” changed their names for state money and delayed deadlines: (PTK NP - Federation - Eagle - Eaglet) - they promoted and promoted, but in the end there was nothing....
    Only promises named after Khoja Nasredin
    1. borisvt Offline borisvt
      borisvt (boris) 11 November 2023 10: 56
      And thank God that Rogozin gave in and was replaced with a more businesslike leader. Unfortunately, I agree that a lot of things are being done in our country not thanks to but in spite of it ((
  4. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 11 November 2023 11: 59
    And silence, because the people running this program are silent. Well, he does what journalists don’t understand, literally. Elon Musk is great, smart, he will launch this handsome guy, they licked it from Buran... Rogozin should wear a NATO armored vehicle, show off. He can't do anything else.
    1. strange guest Offline strange guest
      strange guest (Strange Guest) 11 November 2023 13: 11
      Are there any like this in the States? Silent people? Don't tell me)) everyone there is a deb...Because they are Anglo-Saxons!
      Well, yes - they licked it from Buran, stole the drawings, and now they don’t know what to do with it laughing
      So they are silent lol
  5. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Leopold) 11 November 2023 13: 20
    I wonder if this thing could have a crew?
  6. Kiril Offline Kiril
    Kiril (Kiril) 11 November 2023 18: 36
    The shuttle in a new wrapper? wink
  7. sannyhome Offline sannyhome
    sannyhome 12 November 2023 11: 07
    Testing of the aerospace aircraft continues...
  8. sannyhome Offline sannyhome
    sannyhome 12 November 2023 11: 11
    Quote: Strange guest
    no one knows why he hangs out in space for 2,5 years

    Why doesn't he know? Obviously - a 6th generation aircraft, a suborbital interceptor-bomber.
    The first stage of testing was successful. The ship feels confident in orbit. Hypersonic testing is currently underway. Once they are completed successfully, the same technologies will be integrated into the X-37B and the second stage will begin.