Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

Minotaur IV

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CEO: Wesley G. Bush Founded: 2015 Successes: 53 Failures: 4 Pending: 2

Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defence and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. They aquired Orbital ATK in 2018 along with its launchers and ongoing missions. 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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Launch Vehicle


Minotaur IV

Configuration: HAPS
Family: Minotaur

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.

Vehicle Specifications


Minotaur IV HAPS
GTO: 0
LEO: 1750
Length: 23.9 m
Diameter: 2.35 m
Launch Mass: 86k kg
Thurst: 2200 kN
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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 Window


NET: November 20th 2010 - 01:25 UTC

Open: November 20th 2010 - 01:25 UTC

Close: November 20th 2010 - 01:25 UTC

Watch the Launch



Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska, USA

Kodiak LP-1