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Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur IV HAPS | STP S-26
Minotaur IV HAPS | STP S-26

Orbital Sciences Corporation launch of a Minotaur IV HAPS Rocket

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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 Kodiak LP-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.


Kodiak LP-1

Kodiak Launch 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.

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