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Default X-37B atop of Atlas 5 on March 4th 2011
by IronRain 01-31-2011, 10:10 PM

SpaceFlight Now: Air Force's second X-37 space plane nears launch

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- Two months after a sister ship successfully concluded a demo flight, the U.S. military's second robotic X-37B space plane is in Florida preparing for blastoff March 4 on another secret mission, according to an Air Force official.

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The United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket is being readied for launch at Cape Canaveral's Complex 41. Both stages of the booster have been assembled inside a vertical integration building, and the rocket is scheduled to roll out to the pad later this week for a pre-launch practice countdown and tanking test. The wet dress rehearsal is on tap for Friday, according to an Air Force spokesperson.

(First X-37B being encapsulated for flight, similar to the second X-37B)

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Old 01-31-2011, 11:50 PM   #2
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WOW! I hadn't expected a second launch this fast! Really makes you wonder what the Air Force is up to that needs a vehicle up there only two months after the first returned.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:11 PM   #3
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The first one was up for almost a year, plenty of time to prepare another. One X-37 per year can do alot of spying
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:15 PM   #4
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Seems a successful lifting body program ! Let's hope there will be one day civilian applications of it...
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:26 PM   #5
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It'll be interesting to see if this one gives off the same occasional bright flare that its sister ship showed while in orbit. If it was a flare off the solar panel or a radiator then it should still show the same behavior, but if it doesn't flare this time then it must have been payload-specific.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:15 AM   #6
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Just a reminder that the launch is scheduled to be performed in 3 days, and about 18.5 hours from now.

Here's calendar event for this launch, and here you can request a reminder for it.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:20 AM   #7
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Epic. The long lost ancestor to the XR5 :D

At least, you can think of it that way when comparing the USS Enterprise E to the Phoenix :D

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ULA: OTV FLT 2

Patrick AFB:
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:02 AM   #9
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Hope they do more photos, I need reference material.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:23 PM   #10
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Spaceflightnow:
The odds of "no go" weather for Friday's X-37B spaceplane launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral have increased to 70 percent because of cloud and high wind worries.
The latest outlook issued this morning called for scattered cumulus clouds at 3,000 feet, scattered high cirrus at 25,000 feet, isolated showers in the area, 7 miles of visibility, easterly winds of 22 gusting to 28 knots and a temperature of 70-71 degrees F.

The forecast for Saturday's backup launch opportunity is marginally better.

Officials are expected to announce the exact launch time later today. For now, they say liftoff will happen sometime after 3:39 p.m. EST.
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The Atlas V with the X-37B OTV2 is now at the pad following the short trip from the Vertical Integration Facility to SLC-41. The rollout began at 1:50pm EST and was complete at 2:20pm EST.
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:50 AM   #12
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Failure on the morning with Taurus XL, success on the evening with X-37B ?

Tomorrow would be fine too, watching 2 launches a day is very cool but I'm not sure I could follow this rate of fire for very long !
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Photos Second X-37 space plane readied for launch

Spaceflight Now: X-37B READIED FOR FLIGHT:











Photo credit: U.S. Air Force
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:55 AM   #14
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Photos Atlas rolls out to the launch pad

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Photo credit: Patrick H. Corkery/United Launch Alliance
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:41 PM   #15
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Are we go for launch?
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