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Air Force's Secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Returns After Nearly Two Years in Orbit

Recovery crew members process the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle at Vandenberg Air Force Base after completing 674 days in space. A total of three X-37B missions have been completed, totaling 1,367 days on orbit. Photo Credit: Boeing

The U.S. Air Force’s mysterious X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) ended its third secretive mission today, landing [...]

KSC's Remaining Shuttle Processing Hangars Will Support Secretive Air Force X-37B Program

The X-37B during post-landing operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base after landing in 2010. Personnel in SCAPE suits (Self-contained atmospheric protective ensemble) are seen here conducting initial checks on the vehicle and ensuring the area is safe. Photo Credit: USAF

On Dec. 11, 2012, ULA launched the third mission to deliver a secretive and [...]

A Brief History of Spaceplanes

Spaceplanes are not a new concept, having been thought up years before the space age even began. Image Credit: NASA

A spaceplane is quite simply a vehicle that can fly as both an airplane in the atmosphere—generating lift from its wings—and as a spacecraft in a vacuum using rocket propulsion. No spaceplane has yet [...]

Incredible Wired4Space Video of OTV-3 Launch

Video courtesy of Wired4Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – The only element of the above video that is not from AmericaSpace partner Wired4Space is the voiceover audio. All other elements were produced either by Wired4Space or AmericaSpace. Wired4Space’s Jeff Seibert positioned several video cameras out at Cape Canaveral Air Force [...]

Atlas V Inserts Classified OTV-3 Mini-Shuttle into Orbit

The unpredictable Florida weather proved the weather predictions to be wrong as a beautiful blue sky opened above Space Launch Complex 41 about an hour prior to launch allowing for a successful liftoff right at the opening at 1:03 p.m. EDT. Photo Credit: Mike Killian / Zero G News

After several delays, a United [...]

Launch Viewing Guide: Atlas-V Rocket To Launch X-37B Space Plane Tuesday Afternoon

Launch of the USAF secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its second flight, OTV-2, March 5, 2011. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

Launch of the USAF secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its second flight, OTV-2, March 5, 2011. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / www.AWaltersPhoto.com

After being postponed for over a month, United Launch Alliance (ULA) is ready to launch a secretive space plane for the USAF on its third mission this coming Tuesday, December [...]

Air Force Mini-Shuttle Receives Green Light for 11 December Launch

An Atlas V, in its “501” configuration with a 5.4-meter-wide (18-foot) payload fairing, no strap-on boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage, roars aloft with the National Reconnaissance Office’s NROL-41 payload. The RL-10 engine used by the Centaur has been the primary cause of more than a month of delays. Photo Credit: ULA

After [...]

Dec. 11 Launch for X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle?

Graphics courtesy of Max-Q Entertainment

United Launch Alliance (ULA) announced that it has cleared the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for launch atop one of the company’s Atlas V 501 rockets on Dec. 11, 2012. This follows a thorough review of a technical issue that appeared during the launch of a Delta IV Medium launch [...]

Atlas V Stands Ready to Loft Classified OTV-3 Mini-Shuttle

The X-37B’s deployable solar array enables it to ‘loiter’ in low-Earth orbit for far longer than the Shuttle could ever achieve. With two missions behind it—the first of which lasted 224 days, the second 469—it remains to be seen how long OTV-3 will remain aloft. Image Credit: Boeing Phantom Works

After several delays, United [...]

Launch of U.S. Air Force's Secretive Space Plane Delayed Until Dec. 11

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – United Launch Alliance (ULA) has stated that it is working with the Eastern Range to launch one of the U.S. Air Force’s Orbital Test Vehicles (OTV) no earlier than Dec. 11. This marks the fourth delay of the unmanned space plane after an issue [...]