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JAWSAT & FalconSat 1

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

JAWSAT & FalconSat 1

Type: Test Flight

The JAWSAT (Joint Air Force Academy / Weber State University Satellite) project was developed by students working alongside aerospace professionals. Initially designed with a pulsed-plasma thruster to train Air Force Academy cadets (see JAWSAT), the mission has since evolved to include the efforts of several universities, local aerospace companies, the Air Force Academy, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and NASA. Utilizing breakthrough technologies, JAWSAT deployed four satellites when it reached orbit. The onboard imaging system recorded the deployment of each payload with its six digital cameras. The first free-flying Academy satellite, FalconSat-1 carried the CHAWS (Charging Hazards and Wake Studies) experiment developed by the Physics Department at the Academy.

Location

Space Launch Complex 8

Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

704 rockets have launched from Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA.

Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Minotaur I – Orbital Sciences Corporation

Family: Minotaur
Length: 19.21 m
Diameter: 1.67 m
Launch Mass: 36 T
Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 580 kg

The Minotaur I was manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation with the first launch on 2000-01-27. Minotaur I has 12 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 12 launches. 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. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.

Agency

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OSC

Country: USA

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