Author Topic: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B OTV-4) - May 20, 2015 to May 7, 2017 - UPDATES  (Read 114055 times)

Offline Star One

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #300 on: 07/31/2015 05:17 PM »

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Mike Gruss ‏@Gruss_SN  7m7 minutes ago
Air Force: X-37B is not landing today. Kennedy Space Center is conducting an exercise.

Confirmed on a well known satellite watching site.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #301 on: 07/31/2015 10:15 PM »

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Mike Gruss ‏@Gruss_SN  7m7 minutes ago
Air Force: X-37B is not landing today. Kennedy Space Center is conducting an exercise.

Confirmed on a well known satellite watching site.
KSC and USAF performed a landing exercise last year too as p art of KSC fire response training. It appears that this exercise is similar.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #302 on: 07/31/2015 10:31 PM »
I do wonder if this might still be a shorter flight thought as its looked atypical from the other missions from the get go.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #303 on: 07/31/2015 10:37 PM »
I do wonder if this might still be a shorter flight thought as its looked atypical from the other missions from the get go.

Considering the next flight is pretty far off, I'm not convinced that is the case.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #304 on: 08/01/2015 01:05 AM »
Just for fun I checked out the Vandenberg Airfield today. None of the tracking and support hardware that was staged for the last X-37 landing, which I witnessed in person, was deployed. Last time things were put in place days in advance. I have a source who says that even in the event of a scheduled Cape landing Vandenberg will be staffed as a backup location.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #305 on: 11/03/2015 08:37 PM »
OTV-4 "found" (by amateur satellite observers) after being "lost" (by amateur satellite observers) for 73 days.

Seesat-l posting on October 25 by Ted Molczan: http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Oct-2015/0153.html
« Last Edit: 11/03/2015 08:47 PM by zubenelgenubi »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #306 on: 05/15/2016 05:28 AM »
6 days away from 1 year.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #307 on: 05/20/2016 05:31 PM »
6 days away from 1 year.
And 1 year is up. A long way to go yet to equal the last mission of 675 days

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #308 on: 09/07/2016 12:47 PM »
6 days away from 1 year.
And 1 year is up. A long way to go yet to equal the last mission of 675 days
This mission is now the second longest duration for the X37B at (currently) 475 days.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #309 on: 09/09/2016 12:09 AM »
Fitting that on the 50th anniversary of Star Trek we launch a vehicle to boldly land on another world and come back.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #310 on: 11/23/2016 08:51 PM »
6 days away from 1 year.
And 1 year is up. A long way to go yet to equal the last mission of 675 days
This mission is now the second longest duration for the X37B at (currently) 475 days.
This mission is now at 550 days

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #311 on: 01/11/2017 07:12 AM »
6 days away from 1 year.
And 1 year is up. A long way to go yet to equal the last mission of 675 days
This mission is now the second longest duration for the X37B at (currently) 475 days.
This mission is now at 550 days
Now at 600 days

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #312 on: 02/08/2017 11:55 AM »
Remember this bird? A lot of prep work going on at the SLF. No confirmation it's for this one's arrival, but that was the hint.

Weather hasn't been great, so that may have waived off some earlier ops.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #313 on: 02/08/2017 11:59 AM »
Current X-37B orbital path per Heavens-Above... the plane isn't far away from the Cape. If the intention is to land today, then it'll be soon.
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #314 on: 02/08/2017 01:37 PM »
Remember this bird? A lot of prep work going on at the SLF. No confirmation it's for this one's arrival, but that was the hint.

Weather hasn't been great, so that may have waived off some earlier ops.

As we never saw it before launch, no pictures released, I have to wonder if the landing will be shrouded in as much secrecy.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #315 on: 02/08/2017 01:48 PM »
Current X-37B orbital path per Heavens-Above... the plane isn't far away from the Cape. If the intention is to land today, then it'll be soon.

I expect Sunday morning landing - less KSC personel on site.

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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #316 on: 02/08/2017 01:52 PM »
Current X-37B orbital path per Heavens-Above... the plane isn't far away from the Cape. If the intention is to land today, then it'll be soon.

I expect Sunday morning landing - less KSC personel on site.
The WX looks good today...
http://www.patrick.af.mil/Portals/14/documents/Weather/08FEB17_0800L.pdf?ver=2017-02-08-062720-837
« Last Edit: 02/08/2017 01:57 PM by Rocket Science »
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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #317 on: 02/08/2017 02:00 PM »
Remember this bird? A lot of prep work going on at the SLF. No confirmation it's for this one's arrival, but that was the hint.

Weather hasn't been great, so that may have waived off some earlier ops.
I'm told alternate restricted (military) landing sites (one for each orbital pass over North America) are also in preparations should they choose to land elsewhere.
« Last Edit: 02/08/2017 02:01 PM by russianhalo117 »


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Re: LIVE: Atlas V 501- AFSPC-05 (X-37B) - May 20, 2015
« Reply #319 on: 02/09/2017 04:59 PM »
X-37B isn't where she's supposed to be:

http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Feb-2017/0024.html

Could it have sneakily landed or is that too far fetched?
« Last Edit: 02/09/2017 05:02 PM by Star One »

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