Boeing’s X-37B Spacecraft Heads for the Final Frontier

Boeing (NYSE: BA) successfully launched the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), also known as the X-37B, for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The OTV was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low Earth orbit today at 7:52 p.m. Eastern time from Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 41.

“The X-37B has the potential to bring to space the flexibility that unmanned systems provide warfighters and combatant commanders today, ” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “With the ability to be launched into space and then land on its own, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an example of the kind of innovation that Boeing has been doing for decades to advance aviation, space systems, and now unmanned systems. Close teamwork between the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, the United Launch Alliance Atlas team, and the 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station made this launch a success.”

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