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Space X's Falcon 9 set for first X-37 B launch

Space X's Falcon 9 set for first X-37 B launch”

Follow live as SpaceX targets 9:50 a.m. for the opening of a Falcon 9 rocket launch window at Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A.

The launch is set for today, September 7th, between 9:50am EDT and 2:55am EDT, though the exact launch timing will be determined based on weather, spacecraft readiness, and a million other factors that SpaceX has to account for.

They have planned for everything-except for which music to listen to while you're waiting for the rocket to take off.

Though Irma will be 950 miles southeast of the spaceport and won't affect a Thursday launch, a schedule slip to Friday could mean winds of up to 20 mph (32 km/h) by the end of the launch window, Emre Kelly reported for Florida Today. Image Credit: NOAA " The pressure gradient between the high-pressure area behind the frontal boundary and Hurricane Irma will begin to tighten", said the forecasters.

SpaceX is launching a Falcon 9 rocket for the US military today, starting around 9:50 a.m. EDT.

This will be the first time that SpaceX will be using its Falcon 9 rocket to launch a ship for the Air Force. There are only two of the Boeing-built spacecraft, which each measure about 29 feet long with a 15-foot wingspan.

The X-37B is an "experimental platform" according to the US Air Force. Last time the X-37B flew, it stayed in orbit for 718 days before landing at Kennedy Space Center in May. "This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies".

What exactly the X-37B does up in space is classified military information, although for this flight, it will carry an experiment called the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader (ASETS-II) in its pickup-bed-sized payload bay.



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