X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB

From: Ted Molczan (ssl3molcz@rogers.com)
Date: Fri Dec 03 2010 - 10:36:46 UTC

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    OTV 1-1 landed on 2010 Dec 03, at 09:16 UTC.
    Official press release below.
    Ted Molczan
    30th Space Wing Public Affairs
    12/3/2010 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry
    spacecraft landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1:16 a.m. today.
    The X-37B, named Orbital Test Vehicle 1 (OTV-1), conducted on-orbit experiments for more than 220
    days during its maiden voyage. It fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to perform an
    autonomous reentry before landing.
    The X-37B is the newest and most advanced re-entry spacecraft. Managed by the Air Force Rapid
    Capabilities Office (AFRCO), the X-37B program performs risk reduction, experimentation and concept
    of operations development for reusable space vehicle technologies.
    "Today's landing culminates a successful mission based on close teamwork between the 30th Space
    Wing, Boeing and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office," said Lt Col Troy Giese, X-37B program
    manager from the AFRCO. "We are very pleased that the program completed all the on-orbit objectives
    for the first mission."
    OTV-1's de-orbit and landing mark the transition from the on-orbit demonstration phase to a
    refurbishment phase for the program.
    The Air Force is preparing to launch the next X-37B, OTV-2, in Spring 2011 aboard an Atlas V
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