Boeing is moving its X-37B operations to the Kennedy Space Center.


Please consider donating to Behind the Black, by giving either a one-time contribution or a regular subscription, as outlined in the tip jar to the right. Your support will allow me to continue covering science and culture as I have for the past twenty years, independent and free from any outside influence.

Boeing is moving its X-37B operations to the Kennedy Space Center.

A spy plane used by the U.S. Air Force is about to get a new home: a garage at Kennedy Space Center that once housed NASA orbiters during the space shuttle era. The move was announced Friday by Boeing, the Chicago-based company that built the X-37B spy plane and is in charge of repairing the spacecraft whenever it returns to Earth. Previously, Boeing had refurbished the 29-foot-long spacecraft at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, but the company decided to relocate its fix-up shop in Florida, where the vehicle now launches.

Share

5 comments

  • wodun

    When did they start calling it a spy plane?

  • That’s just an example of poor journalism. No one with any knowledge of the X-37b would call it a spy plane. It ain’t a plane and most of what it does probably has little to do with spying.

    I was actually reluctant to link this particular article but it actually had the most details of all the stories I read on the subject, despite being poorly written (as you noticed).

  • Chris L

    Could the move be part of a program to transfer the X37B to NASA control?

  • Unlikely. More likely the military wants greater flexibility in its orbital options, and launching from Kennedy gives them that.

  • Pzatchok

    Its sort of like NASCAR racing teams.

    They rent space at the tracks just to make sure they have repair facilities close to the action so to say.

    No need to cart the craft all over the country just to fix it and then launch it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *