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Launch of X-37B Mini Space Shuttle on OTV-3 Mission

An Atlas V rocket in the 501 configuration launched the Air Force's mini space shuttle, The X-37B, On it's third mission called OTV-3. Launch occurred December 11th 2012 at 18:03 UTC.



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X-37B US military spaceplane set for third flight

A notoriously mysterious military spaceplane operated by the US Air Force is expected to launch for the third time from Florida on Tuesday.
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Cold front may ground mysterious X-37B mini-shuttle flight today

An Atlas V rocket carrying a military mini-shuttle is poised for launch on its Cape Canaveral pad today, but the forecast is not favorable.
The five-hour launch window opens at 1:03 p.m.

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Weather iffy for Tuesday's planned mini-shuttle launch

The early forecast is iffy for the planned 1:03 p.m. Tuesday launch of a secret military min-shuttle from Cape Canaveral atop an Atlas V rocket.
Air Force meteorologists predict there's a 40 percent chance of favorable weather during a five-hour launch window.

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United Launch Alliance Clears X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle for Dec. 11 Launch

Today, United Launch Alliance (ULA) cleared the next launch of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) for Dec. 11, after a thorough flight clearance process was executed following a flight data anomaly that occurred on the Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-3 launch on Oct. 4
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X-37B Space Plane: Still in Search of a Mission

On December 11, United Launch Alliance is scheduled to launch its X-37B prototype space plane for the Air Force from Cape Canaveral for the third time. Its mission, however, still remains a mystery.
The plane could carry out a range of missions, but in each case there are better, more efficient, and more cost-effective ways of accomplishing them. And because it is an Air Force project and its details are classified, the plane has generated confusion, speculation and, in some cases, concern about its actual purpose.

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