Minotaur IV | SBSS (USA-216)

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur IV Rocket

Launch Status

Orbital Sciences Corporation was scheduled to launch a Minotaur IV rocket as part of the unknown mission. The launch window for the unknown mission was on Sun, Sep 26th, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT from Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Minotaur IV and experience the excitement for yourself.


Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA
United States Air Force


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.