ORS-5 Launch will be 26th Flight for Minotaur Family of Launch
DULLES, Va.Aug. 24, 2017--
Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense
technologies, today announced it is in final preparations to launch the
company s Minotaur IV rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station,
Florida, on Friday, August 25, at approximately 11:15 p.m. EDT. The
Minotaur IV will carry the U.S. Air Force s Operationally Responsive
Space-5 (ORS-5) spacecraft, which will monitor satellites and space
debris to aid the U.S. military s space situational awareness.
Building on the Minotaur family s 100 percent success rate, this mission
will mark the 26th flight for Orbital ATK s Minotaur product line and
the sixth flight of the Minotaur IV configuration. Minotaur vehicles are
based on government-furnished Peacekeeper and Minuteman rocket motors
that Orbital ATK has upgraded and integrated with modern avionics and
other subsystems to produce an affordable launcher based on reliable,
flight-proven hardware. The Minotaur IV is capable of launching payloads
up to 4,000 lbs. (or 1,800 kg.) to low-Earth orbit. Minotaur rockets
have previously launched from ranges in California, Virginia and Alaska.
This will be the company s first launch of a Minotaur rocket from Launch
Complex-46, managed by Space Florida.
Launching from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station expands the Minotaur
launch vehicle s capability to meet specific mission requirements for
our customer, said Rich Straka, Vice President and General Manager of
Orbital ATK s Launch Vehicles Division. We are pleased to be able to
provide continued launch support for the ORS office with our reliable
Minotaur family of launch vehicles and look forward to a successful
launch of the ORS-5 mission.
The Minotaur product line is provided via the Orbital/Suborbital Program
(OSP-3) contract and managed by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile
Systems Center (SMC), Launch Enterprise, Experimental Launch and Test
Division (LE/LEX), and Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP) located at
Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Live coverage of the Minotaur launch and details about the mission are
available at www.orbitalatk.com.
About Orbital ATK
Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
The company designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation
systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and
merchant supplier. Its main products include launch vehicles and related
propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense
electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition;
satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced
aerospace structures. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Orbital ATK
employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several
international locations. For more information, visit www.orbitalatk.com.
Source: Orbital ATK
Trina Patterson, 801-699-0943
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