Minotaur IV | ORS-5

Orbital ATK launch of a Minotaur IV Rocket

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Orbital ATK was scheduled to launch a Minotaur IV rocket as part of the ORS-5 mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Fri, Aug 25th, 2017, 11:15 PM EDT from Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral, FL. The status of the launch was Success with a 70% chance for favorable weather conditions. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Minotaur IV and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

ORS-5

Also known as SensorSat, the Operationally Responsive Space 5 (ORS-5) will perform surveillance on geostationary (GEO) satellites. The craft will provide a stopgap for the existing space based surveillance system (SBSS), since full replacements are not expected until after 2020. With a mass of approximately 100kg the solar powered craft will operate in low earth orbit at an altitude of 600km.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral, FL

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Minotaur IV

The Minotaur IV launch system is derived from the Peacekeeper ICBM. The first three stages are taken directly from decommissioned Peacekeeper missiles. A fourth stage, the Orion-38, is taken from the Pegasus family of air-launched rockets.

Orbital ATK

Orbital ATK Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. It was formed in 2015 from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corporation and parts of Alliant Techsystems. Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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