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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-04-2014 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boeing to use former space shuttle hangar for secret space plane

A former NASA space shuttle hangar will serve as the new home and servicing facility for a fleet of secretive military space planes.

The Boeing Company announced on Friday (Jan. 3) it will begin converting Orbiter Processing Facility-1 (OPF-1) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to support the U.S. Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). Built by Boeing's Phantom Works, the winged X-37B resembles in some ways a smaller version of NASA's shuttle with a 15-foot (4.5 m.) wingspan.

The move to use OPF-1 will "enable the U.S. Air Force to efficiently land, recover, refurbish, and re-launch" the 29-foot-long (8.8 m.), reusable unmanned spacecraft, Boeing officials said in a statement.


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posted 01-04-2014 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there an accessible path/road to move the X-37's over to the cape launch sites?

Jim Behling

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posted 01-04-2014 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Payloads, whether coming from the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility or other facilities in the KSC industrial area or from Astrotech in Titusville, go up Kennedy Parkway to Cape Road via Saturn Causeway to get to LC-40, 41, and 37. Payloads do not use the NASA Causeway to cross the Banana River.


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posted 01-07-2014 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the update! I always love little tidbits about my favorite program.

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