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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-06-2017 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceX to launch Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV)

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is set to launch the U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) on its fifth mission.

The fifth OTV mission continues to advance the X-37B's performance and flexibility as a space technology demonstrator and host platform for experimental payloads. The OTV-5 mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies.

Building upon the fourth mission, OTV-5 will launch with the Air Force Research Lab's Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader payload to test experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipe technologies in the long duration space environment.

This will be the program's first launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The fifth OTV mission will also be launched into, and landed from, a higher inclination orbit than prior missions to further expand the X-37B's orbital envelope.

Following the launch from Pad 39A at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida and stage separation, the Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a return to SpaceX's Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Robert Pearlman
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SpaceX update
SpaceX is targeting launch of OTV-5 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The primary launch window opens on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 9:50 a.m. EDT or 13:50 UTC, and closes at 2:55 p.m. EDT or 18:55 UTC.

Update: SpaceX now targeting 10:00 a.m. EDT.

A backup launch window is available on Friday, Sept. 8.

Robert Pearlman
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U.S. Air Force release
45th Space Wing launched 5th Orbital Test Vehicle Mission

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle at 10 a.m. on Sept. 7, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.

At approximately eight minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first-stage booster at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

The Falcon 9 rocket carried into orbit an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), marking the fifth space flight for the X-37B program and its first onboard a Falcon 9.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander thanked the entire OTV-5 mission team for their efforts in ensuring a successful launch.

"I'm incredibly proud of the 45th Space Wing's contributions to the X-37B program," Monteith said. "This marks the fifth successful launch of the OTV and its first onboard a Falcon 9. A strong relationship with our mission partners, such as the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, is vital toward maintaining the Eastern Range as the World's Premiere Gateway to Space."

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is led by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office with its operations overseen by Air Force Space Command's 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron. The OTV is designed to demonstrate reusable spacecraft technologies for America's future in space and operate experiments, which can be returned to and examined on Earth.

Constellation One
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posted 09-07-2017 09:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sure would have loved to see deployment! I guess it will be a long time before that happens.

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