USAF’s First Robotic Space Plane, X-37B, and Update On Rocket Launch Spirals

“The Air Force is trying to keep the X-37B secret, but if you have a stopwatch and personal computer, after you have seen it a few times, you can use well-known math to calculate the orbit and predict where it’s going to be.”

- Jonathan McDowell, Ph.D., Harvard Astronomer

The Boeing X-37B unmanned space plane began as a NASA project in 1999, before transfer in 2004 to the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Then its mission control was transferred to the USAF Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Boeing X-37B unmanned space plane began as a NASA project in 1999, before transfer in 2004 to the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Then its mission control was transferred to the USAF Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

June 23, 2010  Cambridge, Massachusetts - Two months ago on April 22, 2010, at Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, there was a launch of America's first unmanned robotic spacecraft.

 

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