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USAF’s Robotic X-37B Orbiter Launched For Test Flight

April 22nd, 2010 04:18 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt: “The United States Air Force’s novel robotic X-37B space plane is tucked inside the bulbous nose cone of an unmanned rocket that blasted off Thursday from Florida on a mission shrouded in secrecy. … The unmanned military Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1) — also known as the X-37B — lifted off at 7:52 p.m. EDT atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a mission that is expected to take months testing new spacecraft technologies. … Key objectives of the space plane’s first flight include demonstration and validation of guidance, navigation and control systems – including a ‘do-it-itself’ autonomous re-entry and landing at California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base with neighboring Edwards Air Force Base as a backup.”

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