WASHINGTON -The sixth operation of the United States of America Air Force’s renewable X-37B spaceship is set to lift off on May 16 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station located in Florida.
The X-37B Operational Test Vehicle 6 will be sending off to low Earth orbit by a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 spaceship. The Rapid Capability Office of the Air Force is the owner of the Boeing-made ship that takes off and lands autonomously. The United States of America Space Force is accountable for the send-off, on-orbit missions, and the vehicle’s landing.
Barbara Barrett, who is the Air Force Secretary confirmed during a May 6 online event hosted by the Space Foundation that OTV 6 is set to carry more testing compared to any of the last X-37B operations.
The manager of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, Randy Walden, confirmed in a statement that the future X-37B mission is going to be the first to make use of the service module in hosting experiments. The service component is an accessory to the vehicle aft. It permits them to continue expanding the abilities of the spaceship and horde more tests than any of the last operations.
Among the experimental payloads if FalconSat-8, which is a small satellite built by the united states of America Air Force Academy and financed by the Air Force Research Laboratory. The FalconSat-8 is set to ferry about five science payloads. Besides, there are also two NASA tests to study the outcomes of radiation and other space impacts on a materials sample cover and seeds required in food growing. United States of America Naval Research Laboratory test will change solar power to radiofrequency microwave power that would then be passed on to the ground.
The Atlas 5 spaceship will take off in the 501 configurations having a five-meter fairing, one upper engine stage, and without reliable spaceship motors. The operation is called USSF-7.
The make and landing profile of the X-37B: Weights about 11,000 pounds and almost 29 feet long is similar to NASA’s space ship; however, it is about one-fourth the size of the rocket. The latest mission, OTV 5, launched on September 1, 2017, on Falcon 9 spaceship of SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center of NASA. OTV 5 later descended on October 27, 2019.