Today, the US Space Force launched another Boeing X-37B into orbit (more here) atop an Atlas V rocket. The USSF-7 mission incorporates a new service module attached to the X-37B to allow it to accomplish a complicated (and classified) flight schedule.
The launch meant that another X-37B could return from a long term mission in orbit to be readied for a turn-around.
The X-37B is on the books as an “orbital test vehicle” and it contains open source and classified sub-missions as part of USSF-7.
The first four missions of the X-37 were accomplished by two reusable orbiters (X-37A and X-37B). This mission may be flown with a third, and more are said to be under construction.
Bad weather on Saturday from what formed into the season’s first tropical storm created a rocket domino effect that also pushed a planned Sunday SpaceX launch of its Starlink satellites.
That SpaceX Falcon 9 mission now targeting a 3:10 a.m. liftoff Tuesday is slated to carry another 60 of the company’s Starlink satellites from launch complex 40, the eighth planned Starlink launch for the company.