Atlas V 501
OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

Atlas V 501 | OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

United Launch Alliance launch of a Atlas V 501 Rocket


United Launch Alliance was scheduled to launch a Atlas V 501 rocket as part of the OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212) mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Thu Apr 22nd 2010 7:52 PM 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.


Mission

OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

It is the first flight of Boeing X-37B, a United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, which is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-1 mission was designed to test new technologies, however the specific identity of the spaceship's payload was not revealed. OTV was the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter capable of returning experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis. The mission concluded after 224 days in orbit, marking the first American autonomous orbital runway landing.

Location

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 501

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