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US Air Force Space Surveillance Satellite Bumps NASA’s long awaited Orion Launch to Dec. 2014

by Ken Kremer March 19, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – The urgent need by the US Air Force to launch a pair of previously classified Space Situational Awareness satellites into Earth orbit this year on an accelerated schedule has bumped the inaugural blastoff of […]

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Air Force’s Secret X-37B Space Plane Launches on Third Mission

by Nancy Atkinson December 11, 2012

Rising slowly on over 800,000 lbs of thrust, the Atlas V-OTV 3 mission begins. Credit: John O’Connor/nasatech An Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station today, carrying the Air Force’s X-37B space plane into orbit on its third classified mission. Launch took place at 1:03 EST (18:03 UTC) for the unmanned Orbital […]

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Hush, Hush US Spy Satellite Blasts Off atop Milestone Atlas Rocket

by Ken Kremer June 21, 2012

Image Caption: Spy Satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office blasts off atop Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:28 a.m. EDT. Credit: Jeff Seibert/wired4space.com A top secret US national security Spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) roared mightily to space this morning (June 20) through picturesque layers of broken clouds […]

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Top Secret Air Force Mini Shuttle lands after Record-Setting Stay in Space

by Ken Kremer June 17, 2012

Image Caption: 2nd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Completes 1st Flight by landing at Vandernberg AFB, Calif., on June 16, 2012. The record setting mission lasted 469 days in earth orbit. Designed to be launched like a satellite and land like an airplane, the second X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, built by Boeing for the United […]

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Secret X-37B Mini Space Shuttle Could Land Today

by Nancy Atkinson June 13, 2012

After more than a year in orbit, the US Air Force’s clandestine mini-space shuttle will likely land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California sometime this week, with some reports saying it could land as early as today, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. It has been in orbit since March 5, 2011, but like the first […]

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