FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2010
Release No. 07-0910
MINOTAUR IV LAUNCH SCHEDULED
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A Minotaur IV rocket is scheduled to
launch from Space Launch Complex-8 here Sept. 25 at 9:41 p.m. PDT.
The Minotaur IV will launch the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a
first-of-its-kind satellite that can detect and track orbiting space
objects, including potential threats to our space assets and orbital debris.
"This groundbreaking satellite is the first to track objects in space from
space," said Lt. Col. Tim Harris, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron commander.
"The launch of the SBSS satellite continues a tradition of successful
teaming between the 30th Space Wing and its launch customers."
Existing tracking systems on the ground suffer distortion as they scan
through the atmosphere. "SBSS won't suffer the same disadvantage," said
Harris. In fact, orbit tracking capability is expected to be 10-times more
accurate with this satellite."
The Minotaur IV-Lite launch vehicle provides the ability to deliver payloads
up to 3000 kilograms on long range, suborbital trajectories. It utilizes
residual Peacekeeper solid rocket motors combined with Orbital's commercial
launch vehicle technologies.
This launch is a combined effort between the 30th Space Wing, Orbital, The
Boeing Company, Ball Aerospace and the Space and Missile Systems Center.
Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander is the launch decision
LAUNCH BROADCAST SATELLITE COORDINATES:
C Band Sat Info: 9 Mhz
Sept 26 0000-0130 ET X30 Min/Sept 25 2100-2230 PT X30 Min
Gal 3 2C Slot A
UPLINK FREQUENCY: 5951.5 H
DOWNLINK FREQUENCY: 3726.5 V
Symbol Rate: 6.617647
Data Rate: 10.164360
Minotaur IV at orbital.com
Minotaur wikipedia page with launch history
Minotaur IV User's Guide
This information was provided by the launch alert mailing list.
edit on 9-22-2010 by groingrinder because: Edited to link the launch alert mailing list as the source of the information.