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On March 5, 2011, Cape Canaveral presided over the successful but mysterious launch of the X-37B. At 5:46pm local time, the second Boeing-built Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) was launched on an Atlas V rocket into a low-Earth orbit by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).
The small, unmanned space plane boasts a 29-foot long body, 15-foot wingspan, and a cargo body that is the size of a pickup truck. Additionally, the X-37B has an engine powerful enough to allow it to change its orbit, which is beneficial due to the fact that it is reusable, and operators are not constrained by fuel conservation
Nevertheless, the “black” classified budget and secret mission details do nothing more than increase speculation concerning the X-37B’s true objectives.
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 22:21:29 UTC
Friday, April 15, 2011 at 03:21:29 PM at epicenter
36.2 km (22.5 miles)
6 km (4 miles) NW (320°) from Hawthorne, NV
27 km (17 miles) E (90°) from Wichman, NV
31 km (19 miles) NNW (337°) from Qualeys Camp, NV
244 km (152 miles) E (89°) from Sacramento, CA
horizontal +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
NST= 7, Nph= 6, Dmin=23.4 km, Rmss=0.06 sec, Gp=112°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=7
Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno