Minotaur IV HAPS | STP S-26

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur IV HAPS Rocket

Launch Status

Orbital Sciences Corporation was scheduled to launch a Minotaur IV HAPS rocket as part of the STP S-26 mission. The launch window for the Dedicated Rideshare mission was on Fri, Nov 19th, 2010, 8:25 PM EST from Launch Pad 1. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Minotaur IV HAPS and experience the excitement for yourself.


STP S-26

The third Minotaur IV launch, which was also known as STP-S26, deployed eight payloads (STPSat-2, RAX, O/OREOS, FASTSAT, NanoSail-D2, FalconSat-5, Sara-Lily (FASTRAC 1), Emma (FASTRAC 2)). STP-S26 was intended to extend previous standard interface development efforts, implementing a number of capabilities aimed at enabling responsive access to space for small experimental satellites and payloads.


Launch Pad 1

Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA


Minotaur IV

The Minotaur IV HAPS 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. A fifth stage, consisting of a hydrazine-powered motor called HAPS, increases orbital insertion accuracy and allows additional orbital maneuvering.

Orbital Sciences Corporation