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JAWSAT & FalconSat 1

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


JAWSAT & FalconSat 1

  • Type: Test Flight
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

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

Space Launch Complex 8 has witnessed the launch of 8 rockets, including 8 orbital launch attempts, while Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA, has been the site for 746 rocket launches.

Space Launch Complex 8

Rocket


Orbital Sciences Corporation 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. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.

Minotaur I

Agency


Orbital Sciences Corporation

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