Minotaur C launches ten small commercial satellites as it is allowed to

by | Nov 3, 2017 | Launches, Seradata News

While Minotaur launch vehicles are not normally allowed to launch commercial space satellites, the Minotaur C, which is actually a variant of Taurus launch vehicle using commercially available solid rocket stages, is allowed to. As such, a Minotaur C-XL (3210) was successfully launched from the Vandenberg launch site on the coast of California on its way to a sun-synchronous low Earth orbit (LEO). The launch took place at 2137 GMT on 31 October 2017.

Aboard were ten satellites. Six were 110 kg Skysat commercial Earth observation satellites as part of a 24 satellite constellation owned and operated as well as being built by Planet using an SSL-designed bus. Four 5 kg 3U CubeSat-class Flock 3M Dove satellites for Earth observation also owned and operated as well as being built by Planet. All the satellites were deployed successfully.

Comment by David Todd:  Orbital ATK was a little naughty to rebrand the latest variant of its very unreliable Taurus rocket series Minotaur-C.  It compounded this trick (which, by the way, also caught out your correspondent for a time) by claiming that the launch was the latest successful flight of the Minotaur series which has a 100% success rate. Still, at least this flight flew successfully.

Minotaur-C launch. Courtesy: Orbital ATK

 

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

PlanetLabs buys Blackbridge and its RapidEye fleet

The San Francsisco-based cubesat operating firm, PlanetLabs, has continued its expansion into the Earth observation market by announcing that it is to Read more

Orbital ATK’s OmegA rocket comes together with selection of RL-10C for upper stage

Orbital ATK's plans to effectively join the battle for military and government launches using a new solid rocket has come Read more

SATELLITE 2018: Manufacturers look forward to higher LEO demands following GEO slump

One session at the SATELLITE 2018 conference was dedicated to the major global satellite manufacturers: Boeing, Maxar SSL, Orbital ATK, Thales Read more

SATELLITE 2018: Orbital ATK and SpaceLogistics introduce next-generation of in-orbit servicing vehicles

At the "Reuse, Revitalize and Repurpose" forum at the SATELLITE 2018 conference, Orbital ATK along with their dedicated, in-orbit servicing Read more

Intelsat gives Galaxy 30 construction order to Orbital ATK and an Ariane 5 launch order for it and MEV-2 as well an extra launch booking

As part of its fleet replacement plans, the international satellite operator Intelsat has ordered the construction of the Intelsat 30 communications Read more

Orbital ATK to build second MEV for satellite mission extension after Intelsat commits to second mission

Following on from a second "order" to lease an MEV (Mission Extension Vehicle) for five years, Orbital ATK has begun Read more

Orbital ATK Antares 230 launches the CYGNUS OA-8 cargo craft to the ISS

An Antares 230 medium launch vehicle has carried the Cygnus OA-8 (Gene Cernan) resupply mission to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Read more

Northrop Grumman announces its intention to buy Orbital ATK for US$9.2 billion

Northrop Grumman Corporation, the US defence and aerospace company, is acquiring Orbital ATK (OATK) for US$9.2 billion. The completion of Read more

Categories

Archives