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X-37 space plane launches successfully

April 22, 2010 |  6:30 pm

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The Atlas V rocket with the X-37 takes off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. Credit: United Launch Alliance
United Launch Alliance confirmed that the X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle was successfully launched at 4:52 p.m. Pacific time Thursday.   

But many online viewers encountered a live webcast that was slow to upload during the launch. ULA spokesman Michael Rein said this might have had to do with the increased interest in the mission, which is “a lot more than the norm.” 

Viewers did not get to see the X-37 separate from the Atlas V rocket. At the request of the U.S. Air Force, streaming video cut out 17 minutes after the rocket took off.

-- W.J. Hennigan