Minotaur Launches ORS-1 From Wallops Island

By Frank Morring, Jr. morring@aviationweek.com .

An Orbital Sciences Corp. Minotaur 1 launch vehicle orbited the Pentagon’s first Operationally Responsive Space (ORS-1) satellite late Wednesday in a launch from Wallops Island, Va., that was visible up and down the East Coast.

Liftoff of the solid-fuel rocket crafted from surplus Minuteman ICBM motors came at 11:09 p.m. EDT, and ...

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