Saturday, March 5, 2011

X-37B Launches from CCAFS

An Atlas V with the X-37B inside the fairing launches today from Launch Complex 41. Photo source: Florida Today.

United Launch Alliance launched its Atlas V today with the X-37B orbital space plane.

I was out on the causeway that links Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to Kennedy Space Center, and filmed video of the launch. Click here to watch the launch video. You need Windows Media Player and a broadband (cable modem, DSL) Internet connection to watch.

The below graphic shows where the video was filmed in relation to the launch site and other landmarks.

The X-37B last launched on April 22, 2010. (That was a different vehicle, OTV-1. Today's launch was OTV-2). Click here to watch video of that launch as filmed from north Merritt Island. In this video, you can see the fairing separate from the rocket near the end of the clip.

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