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STP S-26

Minotaur IV HAPS

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Launch Status


STP S-26

Type: Dedicated Rideshare

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.


Launch Pad 1

Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

4 rockets have launched from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA.

Launch Pad 1, Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA


Minotaur IV

Length: 23.9 meters
Diameter: 2.35 meters

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.

The Minotaur IV rocket has been launched a total of 1 times with 1 successful and 0 failed launches.


Orbital Sciences Corporation

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OSC

Country: USA

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