There are 19 images added between 17 April 2010 and 20 October 2014
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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 5 March 2011
Maiden Flight: 22 April 2010
Total Production: 2
Unitary Cost: USD$1.0 billion
Also Known As: OTV
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: X-37B
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 5 March 2011
Maiden Flight: 22 April 2010
Total Production: 2
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Description: The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) is an experimental unmanned spaceship program started by NASA in 1999, transferred to DARPA in September 2004 and ultimately to the US Air Force in 2006. The resulting 30-ft craft unveiled in April 2010 is an unmanned mini-Space Shuttle incorporating a wealth of classified and innovative technologies such as new generation silica tile and the ability to de-orbit itself landing at either Vandenberg or Edwards Air Force bases in California. The X-37B can stay in orbit for up to 270 days and is expected to test sensors and other sensitive items such as lasers and weapons. The first OTV was successfully launched by an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral on April 22, 2010. A second craft as planned for launch by the end of 2010. The third craft was launched in 2012 spending 675 days in orbit and the fourth in 2015 with 640 days in orbit so far. Each launch costs roughly $200 million.

X-37B Applications

Space Systems Atlas V Falcon 9 Falcon 9 Block 5

X-37B Specifications

Crew: 0
Length: 29 foot (8,839 millimeter)
Wingspan: 5 foot
Orbit: 750 kilometer (466 mile)
Mission Endurance: 717 day (1.96 year)
Max Takeoff Weight: 5,000 kilogram (11,023 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

X-37B News

There are 14 news between
17 Nov 2006 and 23 Oct 2019
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019China Developing Two-Stage-To-Orbit Space Plane
Wednesday, January 30, 2019OTV 5 Passes the 500-Day Mark in Orbit
Saturday, October 20, 2018US Air Force X-37B Space Plane Passes 400 Days Mark
Tuesday, October 11, 2016US Air Force X-37B Spacecraft Completes 500 Days in Orbit
Friday, October 17, 2014X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 3rd Flight
Tuesday, January 14, 2014China Developing WU-14 Hypersonic Cruise Missile
Tuesday, December 11, 2012Unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Begins Second Flight
Saturday, June 16, 2012Second X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes First Flight
Saturday, March 5, 2011Atlas V Successfully Launches Second X-37B Unmanned Orbital Test Vehicle
Friday, December 3, 2010X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle lands at Vandenberg AFB

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America2
Mar 20112
Apr 20101

Grand Total 21

X-37B Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
OTV 1-22 Apr 2010-
OTV 2-5 Mar 2011-

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