It was only yesterday when the United States Air Force managed to send an Atlas V rocket flying through the air over Cape Canaveral, Florida.The launch took place at roughly 1 p.m. EST (6 p.m. GMT), and information leaked by the US Air Force says that, 15 minutes after taking off, the rocket was performing according to plan.
Thus, it did not stray away from its set trajectory, and it was flying at about 13,000 mph (20,921 kph).
Sources report that this rocket's goal is that of carrying a military space shuttle. For the time being, no information concerning the working agenda of this military space shuttle was made available to the general public.
Needless to say, this led to several theories and speculations being formulated: some say the shuttle is to help develop new spying technologies, others believe that it is merely paving the way for the future launch of more satellites.
Given be fact that the X-37B space vehicle that took off from Cape Canaveral yesterday is on its second mission of this kind, a spokesperson for the US Air Force did her best in trying to keep speculations from going haywire, and said that, “The focus of the program remains on testing vehicle capabilities and proving the utility and cost-effectiveness of a reusable spacecraft.”