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USAF launches second X-37 unmanned spacecraft

March 7th, 2011 by David No Comments

The US Air Force (USAF) has launched its second X-37B orbital test vehicle (OTV).

The Boeing-built X-37B was launched via an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, reaching a low-Earth orbit on March 5 at 17:46 Eastern time.

The first X-37B OTV launched in April 2010, orbiting for eight months, before successfully landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

In December, it successfully de-orbited and landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., where it continues to undergo post-flight evaluation.

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