More X-37B discussion

More X-37B/OTV-1 articles and commentary: /– X-37B Completes 220-Day Mission – Aviation Week /– No Mystery Surrounding Newly Returned Space Plane, Air Force Insists – Blog/ /– Gallery: Inside the Secret Space Plane Landing – Danger Room/ /– U.S. Air Force Drone Touches Down Amid Questions – IEEE Spectrum

I expect that the success of the OTV-1 will give a boost to the chances for Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser proposal in the Commercial Crew Development competition. Not that the vehicles are particularly close in design but the OTV’s success adds credibility to the proposition that horizontal landing designs do not necessarily imply Space Shuttle scale complexity and costs. That both involve an Atlas V booster is also a plus.


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