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News Archive / Tagged: AFSPC-5

  • Modified XR‑5 Hall thruster operates successfully on orbit

    Jason RhianJuly 2nd, 2015

    The improved XR‑5 Hall Thruster (designated the XR‑5A) has passed initial orbital validation testing on the United States Air Force’s X-37B spacecraft on the AFSPC-5 mission. The Orbital Test Vehicle mission 4 (OTV-4) is still on orbit, with the XR‑5A Hall Thruster experiment being carried out as part of a collaborative effort with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Space […]

  • Launch of U.S. Air Force’s X-37B on AFSPC-5 mission in pictures

    Jason RhianMay 24th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — It was one of those missions that, in the beginning, did not seem like it would be a challenging for our team to cover. That perception turned out to be inaccurate with Cape Canaveral Air Force Station being placed under a heightened condition of alert prior to the launch. This was due to […]

  • AFSPC-5: Setting sail on wings of light

    Jason RhianMay 20th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — With dire weather predictions as well as terror threats looming over Space Launch Complex 41 (SLC-41), the United States Air Force and United Launch Alliance unleashed the 501 version of the venerable Atlas V booster at 11:05 a.m. EDT (15:05 GMT) – the very opening of the first of two 10-minute long launch […]

  • SFI LIVE: Coverage of the launch of X-37B on ULA Atlas V with AFSPC-5 mission

    Jason RhianMay 20th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance are planning on sending an Atlas V 501 rocket with the AFSPC-5 X-37B spacecraft at 10:45 a.m. EDT (14:45 GMT). The launch site will be Cape Canaveral’s Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida. This stubby mini shuttle will have company on its fourth flight […]

  • Secretive X-37B spaceplane set for May 20 launch on ULA Atlas V 501

    Jason RhianMay 19th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — On Wednesday, May 20, United Launch Alliance (ULA ) and the United States Air Force are planning to launch the 501 configuration of one of the Colorado-based firm’s Atlas V boosters. The payload for this flight is the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B mini shuttle. This mission will not only see the fourth flight […]

  • Launch of secretive X-37B delayed until May 20

    Joe LatrellApril 10th, 2015

    United Launch Alliance (ULA ) has announced the postponement of the Air Force Space Command mission, AFSPC-5. The current schedule puts the launch at taking place no earlier than May 20, 2015. ULA has stated that the delay was caused so as to accommodate a spacecraft issue that was encountered with the mission’s U.S. Air Force X-37B […]