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

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur I Rocket

Launch Status
Success

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, USA. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch!

Location

Space Launch Complex 8

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

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.

Orbital Sciences Corporation