Out of which few experiments include a small satellite called FalconSat-8, two NASA's payloads that are created to study the effects of radiation on different materials as well as seeds to grow food, and finally a power beaming experiment by using the microwave energy.
Office of the Air Force Rapid Response Capabilities and the U.S. Space Force are said to have OTVs (Orbital Test Vehicles), which are used in low-Earth orbit for military missions.
The specifics of what the X-37B does in space, however, are classified. If history is any indication, the duration will be measured in years.
Authorities do not say how long the spacecraft will remain in orbit this time or the objective of the mission. Apparently, one of these experiments will put to the test the effects of radiation on seeds and on other materials. It was carrying an X-37B space plane for a mysterious mission.
Another experiment from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory will transform solar power into radio frequency microwave energy, with the goal of transmitting that energy to the ground.
"The X-37B has shifted the paradigm and redefined efficiency in space development", says Jim Chilton, Boeing Space and Launch senior vice president.
At about 11,000 pounds and almost 29-foot long, the X-37B is large enough that it requires a big rocket like the Atlas 5 to get to orbit but not heavy enough to need extra solid boosters. In March, it hoisted a national security satellite.
The first plane flew in April 2010 and returned after an eight-month mission.
The Air Force said in a statement that its launch honors all front-line workers and responders to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who have been affected by the outbreak.
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