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OTV-5 (X-37B)

Falcon 9 Block 4

SpaceX

Launch Status
Success

Mission

OTV-5 (X-37B)

Type: Government/Top Secret

It is the fifth flight of the X-37B program. United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, built by Boeing, is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing.

Mission patch for OTV-5 (X-37B)

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

207 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 4 – SpaceX

Family: Falcon
Length: 71 m
Diameter: 3.65 m
Launch Mass: 546 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 22800 kg

The Falcon 9 Block 4 was manufactured by SpaceX with the first launch on 2015-12-22. Falcon 9 Block 4 has 12 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 12 launches. The Full Thrust variants first stage includes all systems necessary for an operational re-use of stages while the second stage is operated as an expendable rocket stage.

Landing

The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed at LZ-1.

Landing Zone 1 – LZ-1

LZ-1 Pad located at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at the previous LC-13

Return to Launch Site – RTLS

A return to launch site usually means that after stage separation the booster flips and does a burn back towards the launch site, landing near where it initially launched from.

Agency

SpaceX

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: SpX
Administration: CEO: Elon Musk
Founded: 2002
Launchers: Falcon
Spacecraft: Dragon
Country: USA

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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