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Unmanned Boeing Space Plane Launches For 3rd Test Flight

Unmanned Boeing Space Plane Launches For 3rd Test Flight - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Unmanned Boeing Space Plane Launches For 3rd Test Flight - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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The U.S. military launched an unmanned United Launch Alliance rocket Tuesday that carried an experimental space plane, Reuters reports.

Irene Klotz writes the X-37B, an orbital test vehicle manufactured by Boeing, is entering its third test flight since 2010, when it orbited Earth for 224 days.

ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin and ATK provided ULA with the heat shield for the launch.

Air Force spokeswoman Tracy Bunko told Reuters the goal of the Atlas V rocket launch mission is to test vehicle capabilities and effectiveness of a reusable spacecraft.

Bunko added that the Air Force is investigating how it can use the X-37B to consolidate landing, refurbishment and launch operations at Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Klotz reports.

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