SpaceX scores contract to launch Air Force’s secretive X-37B spaceplane

The flight is set for August

The X-37B after landing at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Photo: U.S. Air Force

SpaceX has scored one of its biggest contracts yet with the US Air Force: launching the military’s secretive X-37B spaceplane on top of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket. The mission, set to happen sometime in August, will be the first one SpaceX does for the Air Force, as the company continues to break into the market of launching military spacecraft.

The mission was confirmed Tuesday at a hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. “[The X-37B] will be going up again on top of a SpaceX launcher in August,” Air Force secretary Heather Wilson said at the hearing. SpaceX did not provide a comment on the news.

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