Photos: Falcon 9 Lifts Off from Florida with X-37B Space Plane
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A at 14:00 UTC on September 7, 2017 – carrying into orbit the fifth mission of the U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane. Departing Florida prior to Hurricane Irma’s looming arrival, Falcon 9 fired its first stage for two and a half minutes before handing over to the second stage to boost the 5,000-Kilogram winged spacecraft into a classified orbit for a mostly secret mission dedicated to in-space experiments and technology demonstrations. The rocket’s first stage mastered SpaceX’s seventh land-based recovery, touching down at the Cape’s Landing Zone 1 eight minutes and 13 seconds after liftoff.
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