Air Force Plans X-37B Landing

The US Air Force made the following announcement today concerning the X-37B:

30th Space Wing Public Affairs

5/30/2012 – VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Preparations for the second landing of the X-37B, the Air Force’s unmanned, reusable space plane, are underway at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur during the early- to mid-June timeframe. Space professionals from the 30th Space Wing will monitor the de-orbit and landing of the Air Force’s X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle mission, called OTV-2.

The X-37B launched March 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Since then, Vandenberg crews have conducted extensive, periodic training in preparation for landing. “The men and women of Team Vandenberg are ready to execute safe landing operations anytime and at a moment’s notice,” said Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

X-37B
US Air Force X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV)
Image Credit: US Air Force

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