by 45th Space Wing
5/20/2015 - CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The
45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built
Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle at 11:05 a.m. EST, May 20,
2015, from Space Launch Complex 41 here.
The Atlas V rocket carried into Low Earth Orbit an X-37B Orbital Test
Vehicle (OTV), marking the fourth space flight for the X-37B program.
In addition to the OTV, the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems
Center, in coordination with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO),
launched ten CubeSats as part of a secondary payload on board the
Centaur upper stage.
Col. Thomas Falzarano, 45th Operations Group commander, who also served
as the Launch Decision Authority for this mission, thanked Team
Patrick-Cape and all of the mission partners who made this launch a
"The 45th Space Wing is justifiably proud to play a pivotal role in this
very important mission and to partner with the NRO and SMC as we
continually join forces with mission partners and lean forward to build
the 'Spaceport of the Future here' on the Eastern Range," he said.
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is led by the Air Force Rapid
Capabilities Office, and is designed to demonstrate reusable spacecraft
technologies for America's future in space and operate experiments which
can be returned to, and examined, on Earth.