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Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems | Minotaur I | NROL-111

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems is scheduled to launch a Minotaur I rocket as part of the NROL-111 mission. The launch window for the Government/Top Secret mission is on 04/01/2021 UTC (UNCONFIRMED) from Wallops Island, Virginia, USA. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Minotaur I and experience the excitement for yourself.

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Mission: NROL-111

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.

Rocket: Minotaur I

The Minotaur I launch system is derived from converted Minuteman II ICBMs and is used to launch small satellites for the US Government. The first and second stages, taken directly from decommissioned Minuteman missiles, are mated to the Orion third and fourth stages taken from the Pegasus XL air-launched rocket family. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.The Minotaur I launch system is derived from converted Minuteman II ICBMs and is used to launch small satellites for the US Government. The first and second stages, taken directly from decommissioned Minuteman missiles, are mated to the Orion third and fourth stages taken from the Pegasus XL air-launched rocket family. An optional hydrazine-powered fifth stage called HAPS can be used.

Agency: Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems

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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