REPLAY: Orbital ATK Launches Minotaur IV Rocket From Cape Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // August 26, 2017
original launch window opened at 11:15 p.m. Friday
ABOVE VIDEO: REPLAY – Orbital ATK Launches Minotaur IV Rocket From Cape Canaveral.
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Orbital ATK successfully launched their first Minotaur launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Saturday morning.
BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION – Orbital ATK successfully launched their first Minotaur launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station early Saturday morning.
Liftoff was recorded at 2:04 a.m. ET..
Comprising three rocket motors from decommissioned Peacekeeper ICBMs, and a pair of Orion 38 second stages, the Minotaur IV lifted off from Launch Complex 46 during a 4-hour window that initially opened at 11:15 p.m.
The Minotaur IV rocket, which consists of five solid-fueled stages and will put SensorSat into a 22,000 mile high orbit, was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory.
The satellite will scan orbital traffic lanes, and detect and track satellites and space debris
“The delivery and upcoming launch of ORS-5 marks a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the space situational awareness mission and U.S. Strategic Command,” said Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force program executive officer for space.
“It’s an important asset for the warfighter and will be employed for at least three years.”
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