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Minotaur IV - NROL-129 - MARS (Wallops) - 2019
« on: 03/22/2019 06:31 pm »

Two Minotaur launches planned this year from Virginia, dated March 21, 2019
In response to questions from Spaceflight Now, the Air Force confirmed plans for another Minotaur launch for the NRO — a mission designated NROL-129 — in the fall of this year.

The NROL-129 mission will launch aboard a Minotaur 4 rocket...
In a written statement, Galbreath said the Air Force awarded the NROL-129 launch contract in December 2017 to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, then known as Orbital ATK. The NROL-129 launch order is valued at $38 million...<snip>

Launch services...were arranged through the Air Force’s Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 contract.
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Re: Minotaur IV - NROL-129 - MARS (Wallops) - 2019
« Reply #1 on: 03/23/2019 01:10 pm »
First Minotaur launches at Wallops since 2013, which also had two late year launches.

If all five launches (Antares x2, Minotaur x2, Electron x1) take place this year, it will also be the most orbital launches from Wallops in a single year. 1964 saw Wallops launch 6 Scout rockets, but 3 of those were suborbital.

Minotaur IV is sometimes used as a suborbital rocket, but all instances of that in the past have been from Vandenberg.