Atlas V 501 | OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

Atlas V 501 | OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

Space Launch Complex 41
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

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United Launch Alliance

United Launch Alliance (ULA) is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security. ULA was formed in December 2006 by combining the teams at these companies which provide spacecraft launch services to the government of the United States. ULA launches from both coasts of the US. They launch their Atlas V vehicle from LC-41 in Cape Canaveral and LC-3E at Vandeberg. Their Delta IV launches from LC-37 at Cape Canaveral and LC-6 at Vandenberg.

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OTV-1 (X-37B) (USA 212)

It is the first flight of Boeing X-37B, a United States Air Force Orbital Test Vehicle, which is an unmanned 5000 kg, 8.8 m-long reusable mini-spaceplane capable of autonomous re-entry and landing. The OTV-1 mission was designed to test new technologies, however the specific identity of the spaceship's payload was not revealed. OTV was the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter capable of returning experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis. The mission concluded after 224 days in orbit, marking the first American autonomous orbital runway landing.

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Atlas V 501


Height 58.30 Meters

Max Stages 2

Mass To GTO 3780 kg

Liftoff Thrust 3827 kN

Diameter 3.80 Meters

Mass To LEO 8210 kg

Liftoff Mass 334 Tonnes


Launch Success 7

Consecutive Success 7

Maiden Flight 2010-04-22

Launch Failures 0


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