A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 501 rocket launched the United States Space Force-7 (USSF-7) mission carrying the sixth flight of an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, OTV-6, a space plane similar to the Space Shuttle but much smaller that can land on a runway. Liftoff occurred from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:14 a.m. on 17 May 2020. Of note, thick fog obscured the launch to the point where it was almost not visible. […]
Seemingly endless stormy weather from a developing tropical storm kept the USSF-7 mission grounded for at least another day at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Saturday, 16 May 2020. The rain was so severe at times that the launch pad with its Atlas V rocket was lost to view at times.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the OTV-5 mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 10:00 a.m. on 7 September 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fifth flight of the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a small, winged, reusable spacecraft that looks like a tiny version of […]
The U.S. Air Force X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on 20 May 2015 at 11:05 a.m. from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. View a gallery of images from the NASA Causeway VIP viewing site where a combination of wildlife viewing and the launch was worth the wait under the broiling Sun at http://www.lunarcabin.com/Rocket_Launches/afspc5.html
Categories: Rocket Launch • Tags: AFSPC-5, Atlas V, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, CubeSat, NASA Causeway, solar sail, The Planetary Society, U.S. Air Force Space Command, United Launch Alliance, United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, X-37B
This is a little late but kudos to the U.S. Air Force and Boeing for the successful flight of the unmanned mini-space shuttle X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which landed safely at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on 17 October 2014 after 674 days in space. The reusable winged spacecraft launched on its secret mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on 11 December 2012. This ended the third flight of the X-37B program along with being the second flight […]
Categories: Space Age Bulletins • Tags: Boeing, California, Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Kennedy Space Center, Orbital Test Vehicle, OTV, reusable, Saturn V Center, Space Shuttle, spacecraft, U.S. Air Force, VAFB, Vandenberg Air Force Base, X-37B