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NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

  • Type: Government/Top Secret
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

USA-225, also known as the Rapid Pathfinder Prototype (RPP) and NRO Launch 66 (NROL-66), is an American satellite which was launched in 2011. The satellite is being used to perform technology demonstration and development experiments, including advanced dosimeters to characterize the space environment from a 1,200 kilometer low Earth orbit. It is operated by the United States National Reconnaissance Office.

NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

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 741 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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