The Space Force Is Now in Charge of the Secret X-37B Space Plane

The U.S. Space Force has created a unit dedicated solely to orbital warfare — and it includes the secret experimental X-37B space plane.

Space Force members overseeing the unmanned spacecraft are part of the newly established mission delta unit known as Delta 9, according to the service. The Drive was first to point out that the X-37B, previously under the purview of the Air Force, has found a new home.

Delta 9’s Detachment 1 “oversees operations of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, an experimental program designed to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Space Force,” according to the unit’s fact sheet.


X-37B Space Plane Returns as USAF Collects Data for Possible Replacement

The Air Force?s secretive X-37B space plane landed at NASA?s Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida on Oct. 27, after spending a record-breaking 780 days on orbit. The Orbital Test Vehicle, a reusable and unmanned spacecraft, was completing its fifth mission.

?Each successive mission advances our nation?s space capabilities,? Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett said in an Oct. 27 press release.