In a shock transfer, the navy’s spaceplane will launch on Falcon Heavy

The military's X-37B spaceplane landed last November to end the program's sixth mission.

Enlarge / The navy’s X-37B spaceplane landed final November to finish this system’s sixth mission. (credit score: US Area Power/Employees Sgt. Adam Shanks)

The US navy’s reusable X-37B spaceplane will launch on the subsequent flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket, scheduled for December 7, officers introduced on Wednesday.

This was surprising as a result of the spaceplane’s six earlier missions launched on medium-lift Atlas V or Falcon 9 rockets. This subsequent mission, the seventh by an X-37B spaceplane, will fly on a heavy-lift launcher for the primary time.

The payload for the subsequent Falcon Heavy rocket was a secret earlier than the navy’s announcement on Wednesday. The mission was recognized just by the designation USSF-52, and it’ll take off from NASA’s Kennedy Area Heart in Florida.

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