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Minotaur I - NROL-111 - MARS (Wallops) - 2019
« on: 12/09/2016 01:13 AM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1025162/air-force-awards-nrol-111-mission-contract#.WEnn52fdG6w.facebook

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), awarded the National Reconnaissance Office Launch-111 contract to Orbital ATK. The contract is a firm-fixed-price contract valued at $29.2 million for a Minotaur I launch vehicle. This was the first such award under the Orbital/Suborbital Program 3 (OSP-3) Lane 1 capability. The OSP-3 contract Lane 1 capability is for 400-4,000 lbs. (181-1,810 kg) to Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) and long-range, sub-orbital missions.

The specific launch date of NROL-111 will be determined by the schedule of the contractor but will be no later than 24 months from the date of contract award.

“Continued reliability of space vehicle delivery methods and affordable access to space for the National Reconnaissance Office is an essential forefront for space superiority. Utilizing the capability of the OSP-3 contract Lane 1 capability, immediately benefits our Department of Defense mission partners. The OSP-3 capability also holds great potential for SMC to provide assured access to space for future DoD missions,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the U.S. Air Force's center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes space launch, global positioning, military space vehicle communications, defense meteorological space vehicles, range systems, space vehicle control networks, space-based infrared systems, and space situational awareness capabilities.
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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #1 on: 12/09/2016 01:16 AM »
First 66 then 111.....NRO really likes to allocate interesting numbers for their small experimental satellites.  ::)
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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #2 on: 12/09/2016 01:27 AM »
First Minotaur I rocket launch since November 2013.
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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #3 on: 12/09/2016 02:39 AM »
I don't quite speak the same language as General Greaves.

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Utilizing the capability of the OSP-3 contract Lane 1 capability, immediately benefits our Department of Defense mission partners.

I interpret this to effectively say that one outcome of the award will be that NRO gets it payload to orbit.

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The OSP-3 capability also holds great potential for SMC to provide assured access to space for future DoD missions

I think he is saying the contract award keeps Minotaur flying. Or it keeps OA in the business. Or ... something else?
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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #4 on: 12/10/2016 12:43 AM »
I think "lane 1" means OA Minotaur 1 or Minotaur 4, or LM Athena 1c or Athena 2c. These are payloads less than 1.81 t. OSP-3 payloads above that are "lane 2" and might launch on OA Minotaur 6 or Antares, or SpaceX F9 or FH.

I think the only OS-3 payload launched so far was lane 2: DSCOVR, for NOAA. That was February 11, 2015 on F9. The other prior award, also lane 2, was for Space Test Program-2 on FH. That one does seem ... delayed. ;)

Nice article by by Phillip Swarts covering this on spacenews.com:
http://spacenews.com/orbital-atk-wins-29-2-million-contract-for-nro-launch/
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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #5 on: 01/17/2017 09:14 PM »
USAF noted a few days ago that this will be a launch from Wallops 0B.

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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #6 on: 01/17/2017 09:55 PM »
USAF noted a few days ago that this will be a launch from Wallops 0B.
actually announced longer than a few days ago, just took a while to make it to PAO

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Re: Air Force Awards NROL-111 Mission Contract
« Reply #7 on: 05/21/2018 03:57 PM »
I heard that this has been pushed to the end of the year?

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Re: Minotaur I - NROL-111 - MARS (Wallops) - December 2018
« Reply #8 on: 06/30/2018 05:36 PM »
Source: SFN Launch Schedule https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ , June 29 update

Clarification of NROL-111 launch month: December 2018.
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Re: Minotaur I - NROL-111 - MARS (Wallops) - 2019
« Reply #9 on: 09/07/2018 03:41 PM »
Cross-post:
From SFN launch schedule, September 6 update:
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Minotaur 1/NROL-111 delayed from December 2018 to 2nd quarter 2019.
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