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Offline Vahe231991

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Impact of Atlas V retirement on the X-37B
« on: 05/03/2022 02:16 am »
The Boeing X-37B has been launched atop the Atlas V on all of its orbital missions, but at the current time of writing, the three remaining Atlas V missions for the US Space Force do not have the X-37B assigned to those missions. Since the last  Atlas V mission for the US military is scheduled for this year, is it possible that ULA is investigating possibly using the Vulcan rocket to loft the X-37B into orbit, since the Vulcan rocket's payload fairing width is the same as that of the Atlas V and thus big enough to accommodate the X-37B?

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Re: Impact of Atlas V retirement on the X-37B
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/2022 02:19 am »
The Boeing X-37B has been launched atop the Atlas V on all of its orbital missions
No, Falcon 9 has launched it as well.

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Re: Impact of Atlas V retirement on the X-37B
« Reply #2 on: 05/03/2022 02:46 am »
The Boeing X-37B has been launched atop the Atlas V on all of its orbital missions
No, Falcon 9 has launched it as well.
I wonder why the fifth X-37B mission was launched aboard a Falcon 9 rather than an Atlas V, but someday either SpaceX or ULA could obtain contracts for a few more X-37B missions from the US Space Force since there are just three Atlas V missions for the USSF.

 

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