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NRO L-111 Launch

A Northrop Grumman Corporation #Minotaur rocket carrying three national security payloads for National Reconnaissance Office is scheduled to launch June 15 a...

Minotaur NROL111

NROL-111 Mission UpdateSet to launch | June 15, 2021 between 6:30-11:30 a.m. EDTWatch live on NASA Wallops YouTube channel.Follow our social media accounts:&nbs

NROL-111

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Overview

Destination: None
Mission: Government/Top Secret

Launch Area 0 B Wallops Island, Virginia, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

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Updates

Nosu • June 15, 2021, 4:02 p.m.

Launch success confirmed by the US Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center


Nosu • June 15, 2021, 11:09 a.m.

Now targeting 13:35 UTC


Nosu • June 15, 2021, 8:37 a.m.

Hold at T-minus 2 hours 30 minutes


Minotaur I

Family: Minotaur
Configuration:

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. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    4
  • Max Stage
    5
  • Length
    19.21 m
  • Diameter
    1.67 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    36 T
  • Thrust
    935 kN
Family
  • Name
    Minotaur I
  • Family
    Minotaur
  • Variant
  • Alias
    Minotaur OSP-SLV
  • Full Name
    Minotaur I
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
  • Low Earth Orbit
    580 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    331 kg

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital Sciences Corporation

(OSC)

Successes: 65 Failures: 7 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

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