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NFIRE

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NFIRE

Type: Technology

American experimental satellite designed to distinguish a missile’s plume and the rocket itself

Location

Launch Area 0 B

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

73 rockets have launched from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA.

Launch Area 0 B, Wallops Island, Virginia, 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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