Mission Update: Minotaur IV ORS-5 Launch
|Launch:||August 26, 2017, 2:04 a.m. EDT|
|Launch Site:||SLC-46, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida|
|Mission Customer:||United States Air Force|
Mission Update - August 26, 2017
Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV space launch vehicle successfully launched and placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft on August 26, 2017. The Minotaur IV launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 46 (SLC-46), which is operated under license by Space Florida. This mission marks the 26th consecutive successful launch for the company’s Minotaur product line.
Watch a replay of the launch broadcast below.
Minotaur IV launch of the ORS-5 satellite for the U.S. Air Force. Photo credit: Orbital ATK/Ben Cooper
Mission Update - August 24, 2017
Orbital ATK is set to launch a Minotaur IV rocket carrying the ORS-5 satellite for the United States Air Force on Friday, August 25, 2017 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch window will be open from 11:15 p.m. EDT August 25 to 3:00 a.m. EDT August 26.
Watch the live broadcast here beginning 20 minutes before the launch window opens.
Minotaur Mission Trajectory
About the Mission
Orbital ATK's Minotaur IV space launch vehicle will launch the ORS-5 mission for the U.S. Air Force as a part of the Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 (OSP-3) contract. ORS-5, also known as SensorSat, is designed to scan for other satellites and debris to aid the U.S. military’s tracking of objects in geosynchronous orbit. For the ORS-5 launch, the Minotaur IV will use two Orion 38 upper stage motors. The final Orion 38 motor burn will reduce the angle of the ORS-5 satellite’s orbit, redirecting the spacecraft to equatorial orbit.]]>