Sunday, March 06, 2011

X-38B Launched from the Cape

The Air Force launched the X37-B, its second unmanned spacecraft, Saturday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Shot into orbit Saturday by a gleaming white and gold Atlas 5 rocket, the U.S. Air Force's second top secret X-37B space plane will push the boundaries of the craft's design and could stay in orbit longer than its predecessor. The Atlas 5 rocket blasted off at 5:46 p.m. EST (2246 GMT) from Cape Canaveral.