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Watch X-37B Launch Wednesday @ 10:45am ET (Live Now)

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 CGK    2,165

The X-37 is scheduled for launch today. Here are some links to watch it live:





The United States Air Force’s mysterious X-37B, its reusable, robotic, unmanned space plane, will launch for a fourth test mission this week, according to a joint statement from the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Space and Missile Systems Center, and the Rapid Capabilities Office. The launch is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:45am ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop an Atlas V rocket. Since the first mission launched in 2010, two X-37Bs has racked up a total of 1,367 days of on-orbit experimentation — but it’s still unclear what exactly the plane is doing each time it’s up there.

The military itself doesn’t offer much in the way of clues. “Space is so vitally important to everything we do,” said Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello, AFRL commander, in a statement. “Secure comms, ISR, missile warning, weather prediction, precision navigation and timing all rely on it, and the domain is increasingly contested. A more efficient on-orbit thruster capability is huge. Less fuel burn lowers the cost to get up there, plus it enhances spacecraft operational flexibility, survivability and longevity.”



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 CGK    2,165
1446 GMT (10:46 a.m. EDT)

No problems being reported by the launch team. Countdown continues to sit in the hold period at T-minus 4 minutes, waiting for the launch window to open at 11:05 a.m. EDT.

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