Author Topic: Shelton Touts ORS-5 Satellite as Space Surveillance Gap Filler  (Read 18670 times)

Offline ZachS09

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You mean MARS 0B?
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@Gruss_SN says it's Minotaur IV from LC-46 (Space Florida pad)
yes because primary site (MARS 0A) is still out of service since Antares failure. 0A Service Structure is getting overhaul after shockwave damaged equipment on it.

Being closer to the equator doesn't hurt either.

I hope all the facilities at Wallops are up and running by 2017. Who knows what condition LC-46 is in? It hasn't been used in years. I know there's been some work going on to support the Orion abort tests.

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@Gruss_SN says it's Minotaur IV from LC-46 (Space Florida pad)
yes because primary site (MARS 0A) is still out of service since Antares failure. 0A Service Structure is getting overhaul after shockwave damaged equipment on it.

Being closer to the equator doesn't hurt either.

I hope all the facilities at Wallops are up and running by 2017. Who knows what condition LC-46 is in? It hasn't been used in years. I know there's been some work going on to support the Orion abort tests.

Mike Gruss's article here:
http://spacenews.com/u-s-air-forces-ors-5-satellite-to-launch-on-minotaur-4/

Last launch from SLC-46 was Athena-1 in 1999.

Space Florida had ATK update SLC-46's communications last year.  At the time, they said it would be used for Orion AA-2, Athena, Taurus and Minotaur, and that there was a mechanical systems upgrade planned, as well.

http://www.spaceflorida.gov/news/2014/02/11/space-florida-selects-atk-to-complete-space-launch-complex-46-communications-system-upgrade

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http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/07/09/minotaur-rocket-selected-to-launch-military-satellite-in-2017/

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For the ORS-5 launch, the Minotaur 4 rocket will use two Orion 38 upper stage motors. The final Orion 38 motor burn will reduce the angle of the ORS-5 satellite’s orbit, redirecting the spacecraft to fly over the equator.

Officials have not decided on a name for the new Minotaur rocket configuration.

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