Archive photo of a Minotaur-C launch. Image Credit: Orbital ATK
Wanting a chance to further verify and carry out routine testing of their Minotaur-C rocket, Dulles Virginia-based Orbital ATK announced on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, that it has requested a later launch date for the solid-propellant fueled rocket. At present, a new launch date is not available.
If it flies before the end of this year (2017) it will mark the second flight of one of Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rockets. The first was the ORS-5 flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 46 in Florida on August 26, 2017.
The Minotaur-C (formally known as Taurus) is a four-stage, solid-fuelled launch vehicle manufactured by Orbital ATK. The booster is based on the air-launched Pegasus rocket and is capable of launching a payload of up to 3,500 pounds (1,590 kilograms). The Minotaur-C utilizes four Orbital ATK solid rocket motors as its propulsion system.
The trajectory of a Minotaur-C rocket. Image Credit: Orbital ATK
Mission and spacecraft
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