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Atlas 5 Rocket Launches Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV X-37B) From Cape Canaveral





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Published on Apr 22, 2010

Filmed from the Kennedy Space Center press site, the top roof of the CBS News building. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched the Air Force's Orbital Test Vehicle, X-37B OTV-1, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This video was taken from the NASA KSC press site facility on top of the CBS building, about 4 miles from the launch pad. The liftoff and ascent were spectacular, just after sunset.

Comments • 12

They just launched the second one half an hour ago! SO COOL! Gotta love the Atlas V (and all rockets in general)!
@skateboy159 Because the atmospheric pressure drops to near-vacuum at those altitudes and the engine exhaust plumes expand significantly. Instead of looking like the flame is shooting out of the engine narrowly and directly at sea level, at altitude the exhaust looks more like a bowl-shaped dome attached to the engine nozzles.
The first stage and fairing don't burn up and end up crashing in the Atlantic a few hundred miles down range. A company called Starbooster is considering making a fly back stage based loosely around the Atlas V first stage. The RD-180 is not officially designed to be reused but the parent design which it shares 80% of it's parts with the RD-170 was designed as a reusable engine.
The bits that came off at the end, is the booster fuel rockets? do they burn up before they hit the ground?
I saw this is vero beach, it was a pretty good launch
Matthew Travis
This launch was the end of my cellphone. I left it on top of the CBS News building at the KSC press site after the launch. It's now a cellgone :(
Matthew Travis
@RobinDropping I'm glad people like the video. I forgot to adjust the exposure but it still turned out pretty good. It sure was pretty.
@spacearium You can actually also see glints from the CFLR halves that separate after the fairing.
Matthew Travis
@craigscustompcs The lights near the end of the video is actually the payload fairing (i.e. nosecone) that covers and protects the satellite. The fairing separates and falls away when the rocket is above the lower atmosphere. That reduces the weight the rocket has to lift to space.
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