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ORS-1 (USA-231)

Minotaur I

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission

ORS-1 (USA-231)

Type: Government/Top Secret

ORS-1 satellite is designed to provide orbital space imagery of Southwest Asia and to enhance battlespace awareness to operational field commanders.

Location

Launch Area 0 B

Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

21 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. 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

Country: USA

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