Minotaur I | ORS-1 (USA-231)

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur I Rocket

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Orbital Sciences Corporation was scheduled to launch a Minotaur I rocket as part of the ORS-1 (USA-231) mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission was on Wed, Jun 29th, 2011, 11:09 PM EDT from Launch Area 0 B, Wallops Island, Virginia. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Minotaur I and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

ORS-1 (USA-231)

ORS-1 satellite is designed to provide orbital space imagery of Southwest Asia and to enhance battlespace awareness to operational field commanders.

Location

Launch Pad Compass (Beta)

Launch Area 0 B, Wallops Island, Virginia

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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
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