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X-37B Unmanned Space Shuttle Launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida


Video of the launch of the X-37B on Thursday, April 22, 2010.

The X-37B spacecraft was launched as a United States Air Force mission, rather than a NASA mission, on April 22, 2010. The Boeing X-37 Advanced Technology Demonstrator is an unpiloted demonstration spaceplane that is intended to test future launch technologies while in orbit and during atmospheric reentry. The X-37B is a reusable robotic spacecraft that is a 120 percent–scaled derivative of the X-40A. The X-37 had its first flight as a drop test on April 7, 2006 at Edwards AFB.

Launch will occur from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral. This was the first launch of the Atlas V 501 configuration, and the first flight of the X-37B.


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