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STP S-26

Minotaur IV HAPS

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status
Success

Mission


STP S-26

  • Type: Dedicated Rideshare
  • Orbit: Low Earth Orbit

The third Minotaur IV launch, which was also known as STP-S26, deployed eight payloads (STPSat-2, RAX, O/OREOS, FASTSAT, NanoSail-D2, FalconSat-5, Sara-Lily (FASTRAC 1), Emma (FASTRAC 2)). STP-S26 was intended to extend previous standard interface development efforts, implementing a number of capabilities aimed at enabling responsive access to space for small experimental satellites and payloads.

Location


Launch Pad 1

Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA

Launch Pad 1 has witnessed the launch of 3 rockets, including 3 orbital launch attempts, while Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA, has been the site for 9 rocket launches.

Launch Pad 1

Rocket


Orbital Sciences Corporation Minotaur IV HAPS

The Minotaur IV HAPS launch system is derived from the Peacekeeper ICBM. The first three stages are taken directly from decommissioned Peacekeeper missiles. A fourth stage, the Orion-38, is taken from the Pegasus family of air-launched rockets. A fifth stage, consisting of a hydrazine-powered motor called HAPS, increases orbital insertion accuracy and allows additional orbital maneuvering.

Minotaur IV HAPS

Agency


Orbital Sciences Corporation

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