After 244 days in space since its launch April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., the X-37B orbital test vehicle landing marks the Air Force's latest step in experimental test missions to improve the service's space capabilities, officials said here Dec. 6.
Air Force Researchers Showcase Integrated Virtual Training Capabilities
ORLANDO, Florida (AFNS) -- Researchers from the Air Force Research Laboratory's 711th Human Performance Wing Human Effectiveness directorate's Warfighter Readiness Research division showcased their integrated training capabilities at the 2010 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Fla.
X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Lands at Vandenberg AFB
The U.S. Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft landed here Dec. 3 at 1:16 a.m. The X-37B, named Orbital Test Vehicle 1, which launched April 22 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., conducted on-orbit experiments for more than 220 days during its maiden voyage. It fired its orbital maneuver engine in low-earth orbit to perform an autonomous reentry before landing.
Preparations Underway for First Landing of X-37B
Space professionals are preparing for the first landing of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle here. Members of the 30th Space Wing will monitor the de-orbit and landing of the Air Force's first X-37B. While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur between Dec. 3 and Dec. 6.
X-51 Waverider Makes Historic Hypersonic Flight
5/26/2010 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif (AFNS) -- An X-51A Waverider flight-test vehicle successfully made the longest supersonic combustion ramjet-powered hypersonic flight May 26 off the southern California Pacific coast. The more than 200 second burn by the X-51's Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne-built air breathing scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 5. The previous longest scramjet burn in a flight test was 12 seconds in a NASA X-43.
First Minotaur IV Lite Launches from Vandenberg
4/23/2010 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Members from the 30th Space Wing here launched the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22 here. The rocket carried the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.