NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

NROL-66 (RPP) (USA-225)

Type: Government/Top Secret

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.

Location

Space Launch Complex 8

Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

83 launches have been at this location.

Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Rocket

Minotaur I

Length: 19.21 meters
Diameter: 1.67 meters
First Launched: 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. 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 rocket has been launched a total of 3 times with 3 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OSC
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Country: USA

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