Atlas V 501 | OTV-3 (X-37B) (USA-240)

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 501 Rocket

Launch Status

United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 501 rocket as part of the OTV-3 (X-37B) (USA-240) mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Tue, Dec 11th, 2012, 1:03 PM EST from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Atlas V 501 and experience the excitement for yourself.


OTV-3 (X-37B) (USA-240)

It is the second flight of the first Boeing X-37B vehicle and the third flight of the program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The specific identity of the spaceship's payload or the mission objectives were not revealed. The mission concluded after 674 days in orbit.


Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA


Atlas V 501

Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 0 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.