Tag Archives: X-37B

NASA to Fly Materials Science Experiment on Boeing-Built X-37B

NASA will seek to build on its materials science research efforts with a flight of the Materials Exposure and Technology Innovation in Space experiment on a Boeing-built X-37B spacecraft owned by the U.S. Air Force. The space agency said Wednesday the experiment will expose 100 quarter-size materials samples, including polymers and composites, to the space environment at …

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Ken Torok: Boeing’s Reusable Space Drone Program Achieves 1,367 Days in Orbit

Boeing‘s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late last week after spending 674 days in orbit and completing its third test mission for the U.S. Air Force. Ken Torok, the company’s director of experimental systems, said Friday the reusable unmanned space plane’s latest experimental mission for the Air Force …

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Area Contractors Blast Off to Space Symposium

Next week marks the launch of the 27th National Space Symposium. Space community leaders will gather to discuss the future of space in this post-shuttle era. Area space contractors vying for a role in the new NASA will showcase their stellar offerings. Boeing plans to highlight its commercial and military …

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Boeing’s Secret Robot Space Plane Vanishes… For Almost Three Weeks

Boeing’s unmanned space vehicle, the X-37B (also known by its prototype designation, OTV-1), launched in April. Its top-secret mission and undisclosed capabilities have engendered plentiful speculation from amateur astronomers, space-policy enthusiasts and arms-control activists alike. Recently, however, the spacecraft pulled off a new trick: a vanishing act. The robotic space …

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Boeing’s X-37B: Star Wars 2.0?

Last week, Air Force Space Command launched Boeing’s X-37B unmanned space vehicle (USV) from an Atlas V rocket in Cape Canaveral.  That much was made public.  What wasn’t made public was what the spacecraft would be used for or when it’s coming back to Earth (although it can stay in …

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