WATCH: United States Space Force Now in Charge of the Secret X-37B Space Plane

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Space Operations Command activated last month

ABOVE VIDEO: Boeing explains the benefits of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) that the US Air Force uses for secretive missions. The U.S. Space Force has created a unit dedicated solely to orbital warfare — and it includes the secret experimental X-37B space plane.

(Military.com) – 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.

Space Operations Command was activated last month during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

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The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle sits on the runway at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Dec. 3, 2010, during post-landing operations. Personnel in self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble suits conduct initial checks on the vehicle and ensure the area is safe. (U.S. Air Force image)

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