Space

September 8, 2017
 

45th SW launches 5th OTV mission

The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle Sept. 7, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A in Florida. 

Approximately eight minutes after the launch, SpaceX successfully landed the Falcon 9 first-stage booster at Landing Zone 1 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW commander, thanked the entire OTV-5 mission team for their efforts in ensuring a successful launch.

“I’m incredibly proud of the 45th Space Wing’s contributions to the X-37B program,” Monteith said. “This marks the fifth successful launch of the OTV and its first onboard a Falcon 9. A strong relationship with our mission partners, such as the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, is vital toward maintaining the Eastern Range as the world’s premiere gateway to space.”

The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is led by the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, with operations overseen by Air Force Space Command’s 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron. The OTV is designed to demonstrate reusable spacecraft technologies for America’s future in space and operate experiments, which can be returned to and examined on Earth.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – April 25, 2018

News South Korea, U.S. expected to hold summit in mid-May: South Korean official – South Korea and the United States are likely to hold a summit in mid-May, a South Korean presidential official said April 25.     Business Turkey awards multibillion-dollar contract for indigenous Altay tank – A privately owned Turkish-Qatari armored vehicles manufacturer...
 
 

News Briefs – April 25, 2018

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump’s pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee’s ability to manage the government’s second-largest department. The hearing for Ronny Jackson, Trump’s White House doctor and a Navy rear admira...
 
 
Airbus photograph by Andreas Zeitler

Tornado successor: Team Eurofighter presents offer to Germany

Airbus photograph by Andreas Zeitler A German Eurofighter (front) and Tornado fly in formation. On the eve of the ILA Berlin Air Show 2018, Airbus and Eurofighter GmbH have submitted their offer to the German Ministry of Defenc...