X-37B will be launched along with an Air Force Academy-built small satellite called FalconSat-8 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the Space Force said Wednesday
FalconSat-8 will carry experiments from the Air Force as well as NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory focused on subject areas such as solar power, radiation impact and plant research.
In a prior announcement, ULA said it is continuing assembly activities for the Atlas V launch vehicle that will send the X-37B plane to orbit as part of the OTV-6 flight, also known as the USSF-7 mission.
The company noted that USSF-7 will serve as its 139th mission and 84th for the Atlas V rocket.
According to Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, the OTV-6 effort will host more experiments than previous missions and focus on reusable space systems.
“Each launch represents a significant milestone and advancement in terms of how we build, test, and deploy space capabilities in a rapid and responsive manner,” noted Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations at the Space Force and 2020 Wash100 Award winner.