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NFIRE

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


NFIRE

  • Type: Technology
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

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

Location


Launch Area 0 B

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Launch Area 0 B has witnessed the launch of 8 rockets, including 8 orbital launch attempts, while Wallops Island, Virginia, USA, has been the site for 77 rocket launches.

Launch Area 0 B

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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