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Orbital Sciences / USAF / NASA / Minotaur 5
« on: 09/14/2009 09:06 PM »
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/orbital-awarded-new-minotaur-v-mission-by-us-air-force-and-nasa-2009-09-14

Sept. 14, 2009, 8:00 a.m. EDT

Orbital Awarded New Minotaur V Mission by U.S. Air Force and NASA
-- Rocket to Launch NASA's Lunar Spacecraft From Wallops Island in 2012 --
-- New Order Represents the 28th Minotaur Rocket Ordered Since 1997 --
« Last Edit: 09/14/2009 11:10 PM by Andy USA »

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Re: Orbital Sciences / USAF / NASA / Minotaur 5
« Reply #1 on: 09/14/2009 10:31 PM »
Five stages? Are there any other launch vehicles using that many?
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Re: Orbital Sciences / USAF / NASA / Minotaur 5
« Reply #2 on: 09/14/2009 10:38 PM »
Five stages? Are there any other launch vehicles using that many?

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Re: Orbital Sciences / USAF / NASA / Minotaur 5
« Reply #3 on: 09/14/2009 11:19 PM »
There's a story behind this.  I don't know the details, but I believe that LADEE was originally supposed to launch with GRAIL.  It's worth looking into why LADEE ended up with its own launch vehicle, at a cost of probably $25 million plus.

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