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Minotaur I Rocket Launches From NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility

The Northrop Grumman Minotaur I rocket carrying three nationwide safety payloads for the NRO launched at 9:35 a.m. EDT. Credit score: NASA Wallops/Allison Stancil

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia supported the launch of a Minotaur I rocket on June 15, 2021, at 9:35 a.m. EDT from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B on Wallops Island.

The rocket carried three nationwide safety payloads for the Nationwide Reconnaissance Workplace (NRO). The U.S. House Power (USSF) House and Missile Methods Middle’s Launch Enterprise supplied the launch companies for this mission. The launch automobile was constructed and operated by Northrop Grumman.

“Wallops was happy to companion with NRO, USSF, Virginia House and Northrop Grumman within the profitable launch as we speak of the Minotaur 1 rocket on this nationwide safety mission,” mentioned Wallops Director, David Pierce. “This launch builds on the partnership developed through the previous 12 months with different profitable missions.”

This mission, named NROL-111, was the third small launch USSF mission and the NRO’s second devoted launch from Wallops within the final 12 months.

“NRO can not do its job with out this workforce as a result of launch is completely a workforce sport,” mentioned Col. Chad Davis, director, NRO’s Workplace of House Launch. “Our mission is thrilling as a result of we ship beautiful intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities on orbit for our nationwide and allied warfighters in addition to our nationwide determination makers.”

“Congratulations to your complete authorities and trade workforce on the U.S. House Power’s third profitable launch from NASA Wallops Flight Facility” said Lt. Col Ryan Rose, chief of the Launch Enterprise’s Small Launch and Targets Division. “Because the House Power appears to the way forward for the nation’s protection, these small launch missions will proceed to construct up the economic base in help of our NRO companion’s and DoD’s wants.”

The NRO is the Intelligence Group component and a Division of Protection company answerable for growing, buying, launching, and working America’s intelligence satellites to fulfill the nationwide safety wants of the nation.

The 69-foot tall Minotaur I launch automobile consists of two solid-fueled motors from decommissioned Minuteman ICBMs because the decrease phases and two solid-fueled industrial stable rocket motors as higher phases.

The following launch from Wallops is a NASA Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital sounding rocket carrying the RockOn! academic payload. The launch is focused for Thursday, June 24.
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