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Air Force sends mystery mini-shuttle into space

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/11/2012 @ 2:57 pm In U.S. | No Comments

(WTSP) — A top-secret mini-space shuttle has blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

The Air Force launched the unmanned spacecraft Tuesday aboard an Atlas V rocket. Cloud coverage in the area threatened to scrub the launch all day, but the weather cleared just enough for an on-time liftoff at 1:03 p.m. at Launch Complex 41.

The Atlas rocket and its Centaur upper stage performed flawlessly through the first 17 minutes and 34 seconds. The mission then switched into a classified mode, and an information blackout followed.

That’s Standard Operating Procedure for classified military missions launched from Cape Canaveral.

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