U.S. Space Force launches Boeing-built spaceplane

Rocketing into orbit with the US military's Space Force Sunday (May 17) an unmanned test space plane built by Boeing - the X-37B.

It's a classified mission but Jim Chilton from Boeing Defense, Space and Security was able to give some details.

"It's a re reusable spacecraft. It is autonomous. It flies without crew. It can be rapidly reconfigured to coast a wide variety of experiments."

The mission called 'America Strong' is to test power beaming - using a microwave beam to transmit solar power back to earth.

It's also set to look at the effects of space radiation on crops, and will deploy a satellite into orbit.

The Space Force unveiled its flag at the White House on Friday (May 15).

President Donald Trump also boasted about new weaponry from the U.S. military.

"I call it the super-duper missile. I heard the other day it is 17 times faster than what they have right now."

Trump established Space Force as the sixth branch of the Armed Forces in February 2019.

Sunday's launch blends defense and research: as part of a mission the president wants to ensure American dominance in space.

Video Transcript

- 3, 2, 1, and liftoff.

- Rocketing into orbit with the US military Space Force on Sunday, an unmanned test space plane built by Boeing-- the X-37B. It's a classified mission but Jim Chilton from Boeing Defense, Space and Security was able to give some details.

JIM CHILTON: It's a reusable spacecraft. It is autonomous. It flies without crew. It can be rapidly reconfigured to coast a wide variety of experiments.

- The mission called "America Strong" is to test power beaming-- using a microwave beam to transmit solar power back to earth. It's set to look at the effects of space radiation crops and will also deploy a satellite into orbit. The Space Force unveiled its flag at the White House on Friday. President Donald Trump also boasted about new weaponry from the US military.

DONALD TRUMP: Call it the super-duper missile and I heard the other night-- 17 times faster than what they have right now.

- Trump established Space Force and the sixth branch of the Armed Forces in February 2019.

- Maybe your purpose on this planet isn't on this planet.

- Sunday's launch blends defense and research. As part of a mission, the president wants to ensure American dominance in space.

- That's one.