USAF X-37B Surpasses 700 Days In Orbit | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

AMA Drone Report

Airborne-Monday

Airborne-Tuesday

Airborne-Wednesday

Airborne-Thursday

Airborne-Friday

Airborne-Unmanned w/AUVSI

Airborne On ANN

AMA 05.18.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.17.17

Airborne
05.18.17

Airborne
05.19.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.16.17

Airborne-YouTube

AMA 05.18.17

Airborne
05.22.17

Airborne
05.23.17

Airborne
05.17.17

Airborne
05.18.17

Airborne
05.19.17

Airborne-Unmanned 05.16.17

XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview -- www.allthingsunmanned.com

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

USAF X-37B Surpasses 700 Days In Orbit

OTV-4 Was Launched May 20, 2015

The latest mission of the U.S. Air Force X-37B mini-shuttle has passed the 700-day mark ... and the nature of the mission is still top secret.

Space.com reports that the OTV-4 mission was boosted into orbit by a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The payload and mission activities are classified. The missions of the C-37B have increased in length from OTV-1, which spent 224 days in space, to the current OTV-4 mission which is at 700 days and counting. OTV-3 spent 675 days in space.

Air Force Officials say there is nothing untoward going on with the spacecraft, but they won't say what it is doing. On the X-37B fact sheet on the Air Force website, the primary objectives for the spacecraft are described as twofold: "reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operating experiments which can be returned to, and examined, on Earth."

Boeing built the X-37B spacecraft for the Air Force. There are believed to be two of the mini-shuttles in existence. 

When it does land, it may return to Cape Canaveral. The Air Force has modified the former Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center to accommodate the X-37B. The previous three mission have ended at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

(Images from file)

FMI: www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104539/x-37b-orbital-test-vehicle

Advertisement

More News

Airborne-Unmanned 05.16.17: XPONENTIAL 2017, Airbus Aerial, Parrot Professional

Also: AUVSI BOD, PrecisionHawk's Free PrecisionMapper, Consortiq, XPONENTIAL 2017 Innovation Preview As opening sessions go, it was an eye-opener. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich took the>[...]

AMA Drone Report 05.18.17: Drone-Jumping!, AMA Sightings Report, King Schools

Also: DJI Smart TV App, Huerta: Unmanned Aircraft 'Good News Story', XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview Ya had to see it to believe it... An ingenious Latvian UAS operation has pulled o>[...]

Airborne 05.22.17: Court Nukes FAA Model Drone Regs, Lancair Moves, Virgin Orbit

Also: Dutch King, DA-42NG, US Civil Aircraft Shipments, ADS-B Out, Facial Recognition, Av Threats, Air Travel Growth The hobby drone industry just got a bit shook up... The U.S. Co>[...]

Airborne 05.19.17: Boeing T-X, WomenVenture 2017, BE-4 Rocket Test

Also: Orion Spacecraft, ANN Update, Sinful Sundays, ATC Privatization Oppo, Huerta@AUVSI, Fire Scout, 700th H130 Boeing will assemble its T-X Air Force training jet at its St. Loui>[...]

Airborne 05.22.17: Court Nukes FAA Model Drone Regs, Lancair Moves, Virgin Orbit

Also: Dutch King, DA-42NG, US Civil Aircraft Shipments, ADS-B Out, Facial Recognition, Av Threats, Air Travel Growth The hobby drone industry just got a bit shook up... The U.S. Co>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2017 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC