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OTV 2

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2011-010A

Description

OTV 2 (Orbital Test Vehicle 2), a U.S. Air Force military satellite also known as USA 226 or X-37B, was launched from Cape Canaveral on 05 March 2011 at 22:46 UT. The satellite was launched by an Atlas 5 rocket and weighed approximately 5 tonnes. OTV 2 is the second mission of the Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV). The OTV was designed to examine how highly complex technologies will perform in space before they are made operational. OTV was the first vehicle since NASA's shuttle orbiter capable of returning experiments to Earth for further inspection and analysis.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2011-03-05
    Launch Vehicle: Atlas V
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

    Funding Agency

    • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force United States

    Discipline

    • Surveillance and Other Military

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

     

    Personnel

    NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
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