LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Sat Mar 05 2011
United Launch Alliance

OTV-2 (X-37B) (USA-226)

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

March 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM EST

(March 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM UTC)

Launch Window Start

March 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM EST

(March 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM UTC)

Launch Window End

March 5, 2011 at 5:46 PM EST

(March 5, 2011 at 10:46 PM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Government/Top Secret
    • It is the first flight of the second Boeing X-37B, a United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle 2, which is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-2 mission was designed to test new technologies, however the specific identity of the spaceship's payload was not revealed. The mission concluded after 468 days in orbit.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 41