posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 06:03 PM
The X-37B is preparing to launch in late October on mission OTV-3. As usual no word on what will be going on in orbit, except the usual "further
testing", or how long the mission will go on. An Atlas V was assembled Sept 13-15 in the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral.
The launch date is scheduled for October 25th, and will be the second flight for this particular X-37, which flew OTV-1 and was in orbit for 224 days,
9 hours, and 24 minutes. No time has been given for the launch.
The bronze first stage of the vehicle was erected atop the mobile launch platform inside the Vertical Integration Facility at Cape Canaveral on
Thursday, Sept. 13.
After setting the interstage adapter hardware in place, the Centaur upper stage was hoisted high into the assembly building on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The upcoming spaceflight will be the second for this particular X-37B vehicle, which spent 224 days, 9 hours and 24 minutes aloft between April and
December 2010 on the inaugural OTV shakedown cruise.
A second vehicle spent 468 days, 13 hours and 2 minutes on a voyage from March 2011 to this past June that circled the globe more than 7,000 times.