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Watch live: SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches secretive X-37B military spaceplane

Watch live coverage as SpaceX launches a Falcon Heavy rocket carrying the U.S. military's secretive X-37B spaceplane. Liftoff from historic launch pad 39A at...

SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy for the USSF-52 / X-37B Spaceplane

SpaceX's fifth Falcon Heavy of the year is set to liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center carrying the US Space Force X-37B spaceplane...

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SpaceX

SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

OTV-7 (X-37B) (USSF-52)

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Overview

Destination: Elliptical Orbit
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Elliptical Orbit Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA Probability: 90%
B1065 - Landing Zone 2 B1084 - Atlantic Ocean B1064 - Landing Zone 1

It is the seventh flight of the X-37B program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is built by Boeing. It's an uncrewed 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing.

Telemetry

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Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • Dec. 29, 2023, 1:33 p.m.

Launch success.


Cosmic_Penguin • Dec. 29, 2023, 1:07 a.m.

Liftoff.


Cosmic_Penguin • Dec. 29, 2023, 12:14 a.m.

Weather now 90% GO.


Falcon Heavy

Family: Falcon
Configuration: Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    12.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    1400 T
  • Thrust
    22819 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon Heavy
  • Family
    Falcon
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    63800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    26700 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


B1065

Status: Active


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: November 1, 2022
Last Flight: December 29, 2023
Flights: 5
Landings Attempted: 5
Landings Successful: 5
Previous B1065 Flights

Landing Information

B1065 has landed back at the launch site after its fifth flight.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 2.

B1084


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No
First Flight: December 29, 2023
Last Flight: December 29, 2023
Flights: 1

Landing Information

B1084 was expended after its first flight.

Core will be expended.

B1064

Status: Active


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: Yes
First Flight: November 1, 2022
Last Flight: December 29, 2023
Flights: 5
Landings Attempted: 5
Landings Successful: 5
Previous B1064 Flights

Landing Information

B1064 has landed back at the launch site after its fifth flight.

Result: Successful Return to Launch Site landing at Landing Zone 1.

X-37B 2


Active Cargo Unmanned Payload Capacity: 227 kg
Destination: None
Serial Number: 2

Second X-37B. First flight on March 5, 2011.

X-37B Details

SpaceX

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CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 318 Failures: 11 Pending: 144

Agency Type: Commercial

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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