SpaceX wins launch of U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 06, 2017 4:49 PM

By Irene Klotz

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp will fly its first mission for the U.S. Air Force in August when it launches the military’s X-37B miniature spaceplane, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said on Tuesday. 

Four previous X-37B missions were launched by United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rockets.

"SpaceX will be sending the  next Air Force payload up into space in August," Wilson said during webcast testimony before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. She later specified that the payload would be one of the Air Force’s two X-37B spaceplanes. 

(Reporting by Irene Klotz. Editing by Joseph White and Steve Orlofsky)