On September 7th SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket into low Earth orbit carrying a U.S. Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on it’s fifth mission. The X-37B is an unmanned reusable spacecraft that can be launched into space to carry out experiments & satellite servicing, after which it can land safely back on Earth for further use. This is the first time an X-37B has been launched into orbit with a Falcon 9.
The Falcon 9 rocket took off from Kennedy Space Center in, Florida during a launch window of 0950AM to 1455PM and reached a top speed of 5976KPH (3713MPH) before shutting down it’s main engine and starting it’s descent back to the blue planet.
Whilst the speed the craft achieved is quite incredible, more spectacular is the fact that it landed vertically back on Earth in a colete upright position and it’s like watching a launch in reverse!
Check it out (landing takes place app 2 minutes at the end of the stream)
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