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NROL-111

Minotaur I

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NROL-111

Type: Government/Top Secret

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Mission patch for NROL-111

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

Northrop Grumman Space Systems

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: NGSS
Administration: CEO: Kathy Warden
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus
Spacecraft: Cygnus
Country: USA

Northrup Grumman Space Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions.

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Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 year ago

Anybody ever notice that this has the same boosters as the Atlas V by ULA?

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 year ago

Converted ICBMs put to better use and 3 out of 3 launches is not bad. Keep up the great work NGIS. Another Top Secret job.

Mark R
Mark R
1 year ago

description needs to be updated.
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. is repeated twice in the Rocket Description

Rocket Monkey
Rocket Monkey
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Reply to  Mark R
1 year ago

Thanks for letting us know. The description has been updated.