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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #20 on: 03/30/2016 07:27 PM »
Drove by the OPF-2 and the main door was open.  It was completely gutted and empty.

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #21 on: 03/30/2016 07:46 PM »
Re:  the new, vertically-oriented door.  Could this be for payloads coming into the building for integration with X-37B, rather than for an X-37B leaving the building?

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #22 on: 03/30/2016 08:02 PM »

Maybe there is an airlock installed on the other side.  Opening the front door, opens the whole facility to the outside.

That would assume the inside of the OPF would now be a clean room, right?

Not necessarily just to support a clean room, could be intended to protect the contents of the building from casual surveillance when the outer door is open, especially if there are two vehicles in the launch rotation.

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #23 on: 03/31/2016 12:04 AM »
Re:  the new, vertically-oriented door.  Could this be for payloads coming into the building for integration with X-37B, rather than for an X-37B leaving the building?


It is sized for an Atlas 5m fairing.  The X-37 payloads could fit through a double door.  But that doesn't mean the same door could be used for both directions.

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #24 on: 03/31/2016 12:05 AM »

Not necessarily just to support a clean room, could be intended to protect the contents of the building from casual surveillance when the outer door is open, especially if there are two vehicles in the launch rotation.

There are easy work arounds for that, which don't need an airlock.
« Last Edit: 03/31/2016 12:05 AM by Jim »

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #25 on: 03/31/2016 01:42 AM »
Drove by the OPF-2 and the main door was open.  It was completely gutted and empty.

This looks like the latest image I could find.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum35/HTML/000623.html
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #26 on: 04/04/2016 09:46 AM »
Drove by the OPF-2 and the main door was open.  It was completely gutted and empty.

This looks like the latest image I could find.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum35/HTML/000623.html

That's OPF-2, The X-37 OPF is OPF-1 and OPF-3 is now CST-100

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #27 on: 04/04/2016 08:15 PM »
Drove by the OPF-2 and the main door was open.  It was completely gutted and empty.

This looks like the latest image I could find.

http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum35/HTML/000623.html

That's OPF-2, The X-37 OPF is OPF-1 and OPF-3 is now CST-100


Yes, I was responding to Jim's comment about OPF-2

Edit: Also This article states that OPF-2 was taken by the X-37 program as well:

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The X-37B program, which currently consists of two nearly 9-meter-long robotic spaceplanes, is taking over Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) bays 1 and 2.

http://spacenews.com/42367military-space-quarterly-nasa-prepares-to-host-hush-hush-military/
« Last Edit: 04/04/2016 08:20 PM by Ronsmytheiii »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Boeing to use Orbiter Processing Facility-1 for X-37B OTV
« Reply #28 on: 10/01/2016 12:55 AM »
New door opening on OPF-2

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