US to carry out first X-37B launch under space force

Force to carry out the sixth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Wednesday. The May 16 launch at Cape Canaveral will mark the reusable space vehicle’s first deployment under the Space Force and it will also be the first to use an attached compartment to carry out additional …

US to carry out first X-37B launch under space force

Force to carry out the sixth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Wednesday.

The May 16 launch at Cape Canaveral will mark the reusable space vehicle’s first deployment under the Space Force and it will also be the first to use an attached compartment to carry out additional tests

“In today’s age of electrons, space systems track storms, locate stranded motorists, timestamp credit card transactions, and monitor treaty compliance,” Barrett said in a statement.

“Demonstrating the department’s innovation, this X-37B mission will host more experiments than any prior missions. This launch also demonstrates the department’s collaboration that pushes the boundaries for reusable space systems.”

While the X-37B technically belongs to the Air Force, the Space Force will be responsible for its launch as well as its operations in orbit and its landing.

May’s launch will be the first since the vehicle’s fifth mission was completed in October when it landed after spending 780 days in orbit. The vehicle has spent a total of seven years and 10 months in orbit, according to the Space Force.

This mission will include the deployment of the FalconSat-8, which will be used to conduct experiments, and two NASA experiments to study the effects of radiation and other space effects on materials and seeds used to grow food, the Space Force said. An additional test being run by the US Naval Research Laboratory will test the transformation of solar power into energy that can be sent back to Earth.

“We are excited to return the X-37B to space and conduct numerous on-orbit experiments for both the Air Force and its mission partners,” said X-37B program manager Lt. Col. Jonathan Keen.

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Palestine rejects campaigns normalize Israel ties

Palestinian factions on Wednesday called on Arab societies to combat campaigns aimed at normalizing relations with Israel. “Those campaigning for normalization are a small fraction, who don’t represent the Arab nation; they are affiliated with international parties like the US,” Hani al-Thawabta of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) group told a …

Palestine rejects campaigns normalize Israel ties

Palestinian factions on Wednesday called on Arab societies to combat campaigns aimed at normalizing relations with Israel.

“Those campaigning for normalization are a small fraction, who don’t represent the Arab nation; they are affiliated with international parties like the US,” Hani al-Thawabta of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) group told a press conference in Gaza City.

He described the broadcast of TV shows promoting normalization with Israel by an Arab TV channel as a “crime against the Arab mind”.

The PFLP leader was referring to TV series Exit 7 and Umm Haroun, which are being aired by the Dubai-based Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), which have drawn ire from Palestinians.

“The ethical, national and humanitarian responsibility requires all the free and honorable people to reject all forms of normalization,” Hani al-Thawabta said.

Unlike Jordan and Egypt, both of which signed peace treaties with Israel (in 1979 and 1994 respectively), other Arab states officially deny having ties with Israel, which is, for decades, illegally occupying Palestinian territories.

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