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NROL-111

Minotaur I

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NROL-111

Type: Government/Top Secret

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

Location

Launch Area 0 B

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

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

Launch Area 0 B, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Rocket

Minotaur I

Length: 19.21 meters
Diameter: 1.67 meters
First Launch: January 27, 2000

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.

The Minotaur I rocket has been launched a total of 4 times with 4 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

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

Northrup Grumman Innovation 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. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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Rocket Nerd
Rocket Nerd
1 month ago

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

Ken & Judy O'Neill
Ken & Judy O'Neill
1 month 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
7 days 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
Reply to  Mark R
7 days ago

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