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

Atlas V 501

United Launch Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Mission

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

Type: Government/Top Secret

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, USA

865 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Atlas V 501 – United Launch Alliance

Family: Atlas
Length: 58.3 m
Diameter: 3.8 m
Launch Mass: 334 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 8210 kg

The Atlas V 501 was manufactured by United Launch Alliance with the first launch on 2010-04-22. Atlas V 501 has 7 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 7 launches. Atlas V with 5m Fairing, 0 SRB, 1 Centaur upper stage engine.

Agency

United Launch Alliance

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: ULA
Administration: CEO: Tory Bruno
Founded: 2006
Launchers: Atlas | Delta IV | Vulcan
Spacecraft: CST-100 Starliner
Country: USA

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.

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