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ESA Successful Reentry Drop Test
2013-06-20 15:08:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In attempts to further refine Earth reentry technology, the European Space Agency (ESA) has completed a drop test of an initial experimental craft, according to an official statement. The built-to-scale model, dubbed the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), was released by a helicopter from about 1.6 miles above the Earth. It descended via parachute until splashing into the Mediterranean Sea. The test drop precedes a flight model...

X-37B Launch Successful
2012-12-11 19:05:38

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Air Force's mysterious robotic space plane X-37B launched successfully on Tuesday afternoon, kickstarting another one of its secretive missions. The mini-space shuttle spacecraft, also referred to as the OTV-3, flew aboard an Atlas V craft, rocketing towards its orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida just after 1:00 p.m. local time. X-37B is now officially on its third mission which is sure to bring much speculation as to...

2012-12-11 16:21:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the third Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-3) for the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) at 1:03 p.m. EST today from Space Launch Complex-41. The OTV, also known as the X-37B, supports space experimentation, risk reduction, and concept of operations development for long duration and reusable space vehicle technologies. The first two OTV...

2012-12-11 16:20:43

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems developed and manufactured the space flight actuation system and remote interface unit supporting the recent successful flight of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). The X-37B is a new space vehicle designed by Boeing, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force, to help make access to space more routine, affordable and responsive. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). The X-37B OTV is an...

2012-12-11 16:20:39

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) composite technology supported the successful December 11 launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The ULA Atlas V rocket launched the U. S. Military's third Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a prototype space plane. The OTV, also known as the X-37B, supports space experimentation, risk reduction and concept of operations (CONOPS) development for a long duration and reusable...

X-37B Prepares For Mission
2012-12-10 19:42:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The super secret Air Force space plane that looks like a mini-space shuttle is set to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in less than 24 hours. The X-37B unmanned space plane will be undergoing its third launch, set upon a top secret mission by the Air Force. The spacecraft has a payload capacity about the size of a small truck bed, the contents of which are unknown. X-37B will be hitching a ride aboard United...

Space Coast Abuzz Over Mini-shuttle X-37B
2012-09-30 05:54:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The mysterious US Air Force (USAF) space plane that ended a top secret 15 month mission over the summer could have its base of operations consolidated to the state of Florida, according to recent media reports. The unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which departed from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in March 2011 but landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2012, could have its third flight both begin and...

Top Secret USAF Space Plane Completes 15-Month Mission
2012-06-17 05:35:11

After spending one year and three months orbiting the Earth, an unmanned Air Force space plane completed its top secret mission early Saturday morning, successfully touching down at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Associated Press (AP) and other media outlets have reported. According to W.J. Hennigan of the Los Angeles Times, the autonomous X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in March 2011, touched down at 5:48am PDT. The...

Secret Military Space Plane Could Be Landing Today
2012-06-15 13:04:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The Air Force is making landing preparations for its super-secret X-37B unmanned space plane at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. According to various media outlets, Air Force officials said depending on weather conditions, the landing for the unmanned space plane could take place on Friday. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's notice," Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, said...

X-37B
2012-05-31 15:39:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The super-secret Air Force spaceplane that has been orbiting the Earth for over a year is coming in for a landing in June. The exact date on which the unmanned spaceplane enters back into the Earth's atmosphere is dependent on weather and other conditions, but the Air Force said on Wednesday it expects the landing to occur in early to mid-June. "The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment's...