Northrop Grumman Space Technology

Minotaur I

Northrop Grumman Space Technology

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Successes: 4 Failures: 1 Pending: 1

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Launch Vehicle


Minotaur I

Configuration:
Family: Minotaur

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. 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.

Vehicle Specifications


Minotaur I
GTO: None
LEO: 580
Length: 19.21 m
Diameter: 1.67 m
Launch Mass: 36k kg
Thurst: 930 kN
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Government/Top Secret


USA-225, also known as the Rapid Pathfinder Prototype (RPP) and NRO Launch 66 (NROL-66), is an American satellite which was launched in 2011. The satellite is being used to perform technology demonstration and development experiments, including advanced dosimeters to characterize the space environment from a 1,200 kilometer low Earth orbit. It is operated by the United States National Reconnaissance Office.

Launch Window


NET: February 6th 2011 - 12:26 UTC

Open: February 6th 2011 - 12:26 UTC

Close: February 6th 2011 - 12:26 UTC

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Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Space Launch Complex 8, Vandenberg AFB, CA


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