n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sleuthing the new Spaceplane : observers page




On 22 April 2010 the United States of America launched the first of a new type of satellite that has been identified as a BOEING X-37B "Spaceplane" or OTV (Orbiting Test Vehicle). The exact purpose of the whole mission has been deeply shrouded in secrecy. It therefore proved a great challenge for our Amateur Satellite Tracking Group, specialising in tracking down classified payloads and it took us almost a month to bag this extremely elusive spacecraft.


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