X-37B Launch Set For December 11 From Canaveral Air Force Station | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI-
Tuesday

Airborne Unlimited-
Wednesday

AMA Drone Report-
Thursday

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 05.21.18

Airborne-UnManned 05.22.18

Airborne 05.23.18

AMA Drone Report 05.24.18

Airborne 05.25.18

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne 05.21.18

Airborne-UnManned 05.22.18

Airborne 05.23.18

AMA Drone Report 05.24.18

Airborne 05.25.18

Tue, Dec 11, 2012

X-37B Launch Set For December 11 From Canaveral Air Force Station

Window For Atlas V Rocket Liftoff Is 1303-1803 EST

The Air Force is set to launch its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on Tuesday. The secret test spacecraft will be boosted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air force Station. The launch window will be open from 1303 to 1803 EST Tuesday.

This will be the second launch for this particular re-usable spacecraft, and the third mission overall for the X-37B series. The experimental space plane, developed by Boeing, is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. This prototype measures at 29 feet in length and can return to Earth and land like an airplane. The first flight successfully landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Dec. 3, 2010, after 224 days in orbit. The second flight launched March 5, 2011, and landed in California on June 16, 2012 after more than a year in space.

This launch has been delayed since a problem occurred with a ULA Delta IV rocket which did not perform as expected in a launch October 4. The Air Force has been conducting an investigation into that incident, which still resulted in the successful insertion of a GPS satellite into orbit. Space.com reports that even though the rocket systems are different, the Air Force conducted a detailed review of all the flight data before proceeding with the next launch.

ULA says that all "credible crossover implications" between the Delta IV issue and the Atlas V which will launch the X-37B have been "addressed and mitigated," clearing the spacecraft for launch on Tuesday.

(2011 Atlas V X-37B launch vehicle photo from file)

FMI: www.ulalaunch.com

Advertisement

More News

EASA Approves The G5000 For The Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP

SUN-AIR Of Scandinavia A/S, Franchisee Of British Airways, Selects The G5000 Integrated Flight Deck EASA has approved the G5000 integrated flight deck for the Beechjet 400A and Haw>[...]

Airborne 05.23.18: KSMO Legal Woes, B777X Folding Wingtip, #OSH18COOL Campaign

Also: 2nd ERAU Arrow Wing Cracked, Memphis Airport, Orbital ATK Launch, Flexjet Pilot Salaries Last week, representatives from the City of Santa Monica and the FAA sat before a jud>[...]

Airborne 05.25.18: Aero-Fraud Sentenced, Perimeter Flight, Desert Jet Ctr

Also: Dallas Love Field, CAL FIRE Firehawks, Rotors ’N Ribs, Israeli Air Force F-35s Robert Charles Jones Brady, owner of Beech Aviation, was sentenced in a US District Court>[...]

AMA Drone Report 05.24.18: Drone Rescues, AMA Celebrates, Onerous Ohio Regs

Also: Drone Ops Over DoD Facilities, Space Needle Drone Crash, NAA’s Most Memorable, Textron's X5-55 As the reputation of the drone community, hobby and professional, continu>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 05.22.18: Aurora ACUS, Horsefly Delivers, K2 LEO UAS

Also: Aero-TV: Textron's X5-55, InfraDrone App, NASA's Mars Helicopter, Gremlins on Track This month, Aurora’s Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System (AACUS) successfully del>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2018 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC