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ORS-5

Minotaur IV

Orbital ATK

Launch Status
Success

Mission

ORS-5

Type: Government/Top Secret

Also known as SensorSat, the Operationally Responsive Space 5 (ORS-5) will perform surveillance on geostationary (GEO) satellites. The craft will provide a stopgap for the existing space based surveillance system (SBSS), since full replacements are not expected until after 2020. With a mass of approximately 100kg the solar powered craft will operate in low earth orbit at an altitude of 600km.

Location

Space Launch Complex 46

Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

214 rockets have launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA.

Space Launch Complex 46, Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Rocket

Minotaur IV

Length: 23.9 meters
Diameter: 2.35 meters

The Minotaur IV 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.

The Minotaur IV rocket has been launched a total of 3 times with 3 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Orbital ATK

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: OA
Administration: David W. Thompson
Founded: 2015
Launchers: Antares | Minotaur | Pegasus

Country: USA

Orbital ATK Inc. is an American aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company. It was formed in 2015 from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corporation and parts of Alliant Techsystems. Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Antares launches from Wallops in Virginia. Minotaur has many launch sites, with the most active now being Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg. Pegasus is an air launched vehicle from an aircraft and so has many launch locations.

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