Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Shhhh, it's a secret spaceplane! X-37B on Atlas 5 OTV 3 mission

After several launch slips, the super secret X-37B spaceplane launched on an Atlas V!

Shhhh, it's a secret spaceplane!
X-37B launched on an Atlas 5, the OTV 3 mission is up up and away.

The official stats:
Dec. 11 Atlas 5  •  OTV 3
Launch period: 1803 GMT (1:03 p.m. EST)
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket (AV-034) deployed the U.S. military's X-37B, a prototype spaceplane also called the Orbital Test Vehicle, on the program's third mission. The rocket flew in the 501 vehicle configuration with a five-meter fairing, no solid rocket boosters and a single-engine Centaur upper stage. Moved up from Oct. 26. Delayed from Oct. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Nov. 27. See our Mission Status Center. [Dec. 11]


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