Minotaur I | NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur I Rocket

Orbital Sciences Corporation was scheduled to launch a Minotaur I rocket as part of the NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225) mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Sun, Feb 6th, 2011, 7:26 AM EST from Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Mission

NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

USA-225, also known as the Rapid Pathfinder Prototype (RPP) and NRO Launch 66 (NROL-66), is an American satellite which was launched in 2011. The satellite is being used to perform technology demonstration and development experiments, including advanced dosimeters to characterize the space environment from a 1,200 kilometer low Earth orbit. It is operated by the United States National Reconnaissance Office.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
United States Air Force

Rocket

Minotaur I

The Minotaur I launch system is derived from converted Minuteman II ICBMs and is used to launch small satellites for the US Government. The first and second stages, taken directly from decommissioned Minuteman missiles, are mated to the Orion third and fourth stages taken from the Pegasus XL air-launched rocket family. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.The Minotaur I launch system is derived from converted Minuteman II ICBMs and is used to launch small satellites for the US Government. The first and second stages, taken directly from decommissioned Minuteman missiles, are mated to the Orion third and fourth stages taken from the Pegasus XL air-launched rocket family. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.

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