Minotaur IV Launch from Kodiak

19 November 2010:

A Minotaur IV launch vehicle lifted off recently from the launch complex in Kodiak, Alaska. For the first time, the STP-S26 mission vehicle used a Hydrazine Auxiliary Propulsion System which gave it a dual-orbit capability. The mission deployed six satellites. (Courtesy photo)

A Minotaur IV launch vehicle lifted off recently from the launch complex in Kodiak, Alaska. For the first time, the STP-S26 mission vehicle used a Hydrazine Auxiliary Propulsion System which gave it a dual-orbit capability. The mission deployed six satellites. (Courtesy photo)

The Minotaur IV consists of the first three stages of an LGM-118 Peacekeeper ICBM and a new fourth stage. The Minotaur family of launch vehicles was developed by Orbital Sciences Corporation from Minuteman II and Peacekeeper missiles. A 5-stage Minotaur V is currently being developed. It will be used to launch NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission in 2012.

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