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  • USAF’s X-37B closes out OTV-3 mission with successful Vandenberg landing

    Jason RhianOctober 17th, 2014

    The United States Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane wrapped up a long-duration orbital mission – one lasting some 674 days today, Oct. 17. The unmanned mini space shuttle touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:24 a.m. PDT (1024 GMT). Built by Boeing, the spacecraft was launched on Dec. 11, 2012 on the third […]

  • Classified U.S. X-37B spaceplane set to land after 22-month mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 14th, 2014

    One of the two secretive X-37B space planes produced by Boeing and operated by the U.S. Air Force – is poised to make a homecoming – after nearly two years on orbit. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), an X-37B plane is scheduled to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California today, […]

  • Former shuttle hangars will soon host classified X-37B program

    Rae Botsford EndOctober 8th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Air Force’s highly-classified spaceplane program, X-37B, for the use of Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bays 1 and 2 at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to process the X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) – for launch.

  • X-37B breaks orbital endurance record

    Jim SharkeyApril 1st, 2014

    The Air Force’s highly-classified X-37B space plane has broken the orbital endurance record for an unmanned reusable spacecraft. The old record of 469 days was set during the second flight of the X-37b which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station  on March 5, 2011. The current mission, designated USA-240, is the third of the […]

  • Another Shuttle Hangar falls under Boeing’s control – this one for the secretive X-37B spaceplane

    Jason RhianJanuary 4th, 2014

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — It looks like Boeing is making up for lost time. According to a report by James Dean appearing on the website for Florida Today the aerospace company, fresh off the heels of signing the lease for the space shuttle’s Orbiter Processing Facility 3 (OPF-3), will be taking control of Orbiter […]