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X-37B Passes One Year Milestone, Still In Orbit
2012-03-09 09:04:34

The US Air Force´s X-37B spacecraft, an experimental miniature space shuttle launched last March, has just passed the one year mark in space, with no signs of returning to Earth anytime soon. The spacecraft, designed to spend up to nine months in Earth´s orbit, was launched March 5, 2011. X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV) -- the military´s follow up to the X-37 --  has been in orbit one year and two days, and is on a purely scientific endeavor, according to...

Air Force Spaceplane Could Be 'Spying On China'
2012-01-05 12:38:47

According to a report by Spaceflight, the classified X-37B U.S. Air Force spaceplane is most likely spending its time in orbit spying on China. The X-37B launched into orbit in March of last year and has not returned to Earth yet.  The Pentagon refused to discuss its mission, but amateur space trackers say its path around the globe is nearly identical to China's spacelab. "Space-to-space surveillance is a whole new ball game made possible by a finessed group of sensors and sensor...

X-37B Space Plane Mission Extended
2011-12-01 10:13:20

The US Air Force´s secretive X-37B space plane, launched on March 5, 2011, was designed to fly for 270 days. Day 270 came yesterday, but the military branch has decided to prolong its mission, with no sign of landing the craft any time soon. “It´s still up there,” Major Tracy Bunko, a Secretary of the Air Force spokesperson, told MSNBC. “On-orbit experimentation is continuing.” “Though we cannot predict when that will be complete, we are learning...

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2011-03-07 08:10:27

An experimental military space orbiter, known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), lifted off aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday in a demonstration run that could last as long as nine months. It is the second such craft to be put in orbit under the US military's X-37B program, Reuters is reporting. The Boeing-built X-37B looks like a smaller version of NASA's space shuttle orbiters -- 29 feet long, 14 feet across. The one-third scale shuttles are...

2011-03-05 17:55:00

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the second Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-2) for the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office (AFRCO) at 5:46 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 OTV mission was also...

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2010-12-03 08:50:00

The unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle has successfully landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, marking the end of the miniature space shuttle's secret seven month mission for the US Air Force, various media outlets reported on Friday. The landing occurred at the military facility located some 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles at 1:16 am PST, Vandenberg spokesman Jeremy Eggers told the Associated Press (AP). Eggers called the landing "very exciting" and added that the X-37B was...

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2010-12-01 09:15:00

A miniature, unmanned space shuttle could return to Earth as soon as Friday after completing a nine-month classified mission for the Air Force, military officials announced on Tuesday. The space plane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, will land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Los Angeles sometime between Friday and Monday, Air Force officials said in a statement. The exact time of touchdown will depend on weather conditions and technical factors, they noted. Preparations for the landing began...

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2010-04-04 07:45:00

The Air Force plans to launch a robotic spacecraft this month - which resembles a small space shuttle - to conduct technology tests in orbit and then glide home to a California runway. owever, the Associated Press (AP) reports, the ultimate goal of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle remains a mystery as it prepares to be launched April 19 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. "As long as you're confused you're in good shape," defense analyst John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org, told AP's John...


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