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Цитата: undefinedJuly 2, 2020Minotaur Rocket Launching July 15 from NASA WallopsA Minotaur IV rocket carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is scheduled for launch July 15, 2020, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center's Launch Enterprise Program is providing the launch services for this mission.A Minotaur IV rocket launches from Florida in 2017.Credits: Northrop GrummanThe launch vehicle, built and operated by Northrop Grumman, is scheduled for liftoff from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport's (MARS) Pad 0B on Wallops Island.The launch may be visible along the U.S. east coast. In addition, the mission will be streamed live beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the Wallops YouTube channel.The NASA Visitor Center at Wallops will not be open for this mission.Mission information, including photos, will be available following the launch on the NRO, NASA Wallops, and Northrop Grumman websites, and their respective Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.This mission, named NROL-129, will be the first USSF mission from Wallops Flight Facility and the NRO's first dedicated launch from Wallops.The NRO is the Intelligence Community element and a Department of Defense agency responsible for developing, acquiring, launching, and operating America's intelligence satellites to meet the national security needs of the nation.The 78-foot tall Minotaur IV launch vehicle consists of three solid-fueled motors from decommissioned Peacekeeper ICBMs and a commercial solid rocket upper stage.NROL-129 is the first Minotaur mission from Wallops since 2013 and the second orbital launch from the MARS launch pads in 2020. Minotaur rockets have been launched from Wallops for nearly 14 years.Keith KoehlerNASA's Wallops Flight FacilityLast Updated: July 2, 2020Editor: Patrick Black
ЦитатаКосмические силы США планируют 15 июля вывести на орбиту секретный разведывательный спутник Вашингтон. 3 июля. ИНТЕРФАКС - Американская ракета-носитель Minotaur-4 15 июля должна стартовать на орбиту с секретным спутником в интересах Национального управления военно-космической разведки США (NRO), сообщило NASA. Запуск ракеты планируется осуществить с космодрома NASA Уоллопс, который размещается на одноименном острове у атлантического побережья американского штата Вирджиния. При этом указывается, что запуск будет первым, проводимым под управлением недавно сформированных Космических сил США с космодрома NASA Уоллопс. Ракета-носитель Минотавр-4 разработана корпорацией Northrop Grumman на базе выведенной из эксплуатации межконтинентальной баллистической ракеты Peacekeeper ("Пискипер"). Она способна доставлять на низкую околоземную орбиту высотой 185 км полезную нагрузку массой до 1725 кг.
Цитата: undefined NRO @NatReconOfc 17 ч. назадThings are moving along for #NROL129! This will be the NRO's 3rd launch of 2020 & carries four of the agency's payloads. @NASA_Wallops @northropgrumman. @VCSFA_MARS @AF_SMC
ЦитатаTop secret NRO payload installed on Minotaur rocket for launch from VirginiaJuly 4, 2020 | Stephen ClarkThe Minotaur 4's payload shroud is lifted atop the rocket at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Credit: NROCrews working on Virginia's Eastern Shore this week raised a top secret payload for the National Reconnaissance Office -- the U.S. government's spy satellite agency -- atop a solid-fueled Minotaur 4 rocket for liftoff July 15 on the first Minotaur launch in nearly three years.Contained inside the Minotaur's aerodynamic launch shroud, the NRO payload was craned on top of the Minotaur 4 rocket Thursday on pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The milestone capped assembly of the 78-foot-tall (23.8-meter) Minotaur 4 launcher as teams prepare for avionics checkouts and a mission dress rehearsal.Workers from Northrop Grumman, the Minotaur rocket's contractor, will also install ordnance and prepare the rocket for arming.Launch of the Minotaur 4 rocket is scheduled for July 15 during a window opening at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), officials told Spaceflight Now. The exact duration of the launch window has not been released.NASA's Wallops Flight Facility plans to provide a live video webcast of the Minotaur 4's liftoff July 15, but officials are not opening the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops for launch viewing or hosting media representatives to cover the launch in person. NASA cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the closure.Codenamed NROL-129, the mission will deliver the NRO's payload into orbit after launching on a southeasterly track from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.The Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a $38 million contract to launch the NROL-129 mission, military officials confirmed in early 2019. Launch services for the NROL-129 mission were arranged through the Air Force's Orbital/Suborbital Program-3 contract.Thursday's installation of the NROL-129 payload on top of the Minotaur 4 rocket was the final step in stacking the launch vehicle. In recent weeks, Northrop Grumman technicians built up the Minotaur 4 rocket on the launch pedestal at pad 0B.A Minotaur 1 rocket launch Nov. 19, 2013, was the last time a rocket lifted off from pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. Credit: NASA Wallops/Chris PerryThe launch team first stacked the three lower stages of the Minotaur 4 rocket, each coming from stockpiles left over from the Air Force's retired nuclear-tipped Peacekeeper missiles. The rocket motors were filled with pre-packed solid fuel decades ago, then placed on alert in missile silos until the military decommissioned the Peacekeeper.The Minotaur 4's fourth stage is a Orion 38 solid rocket motor produced commercially by Northrop Grumman. The Orion 38 upper stage will inject the NROL-129 payload into its planned orbit.The launch scheduled for July 15 will mark the first flight of a Minotaur rocket since a Minotaur 4 launch from Cape Canaveral in August 2017. Without a waiver, U.S. government policy requires the Minotaur rocket family only be used to launch military and intelligence-gathering satellites.The policy is intended to keep government-furnished equipment, such as the retired Peacekeeper stages, from competing with privately-developed rockets in the small satellite launch market.The Minotaur 4 rocket can carry payloads of up to 3,814 pounds (1,730 kilograms) into low Earth orbit, according to Northrop Grumman.The last launch of a Minotaur rocket from Wallops Island was on Nov. 19, 2013, when a Minotaur 1 rocket -- using Minuteman missile motors -- took off with a cluster of small military research and technology demonstration satellites.Pad 0B in Virginia has been the starting point for six Minotaur launches -- five using Minotaur 1 rockets based on the Air Force's Minuteman missile, and one with the Peacekeeper-derived Minotaur 5 booster, which adds a fifth stage on top of the Minotaur 4.The aerodynamic launch shroud containing the NROL-129 payload was raised atop the Minotaur 4 rocket Thursday. Credit: NROMinotaur rocket variants using decommissioned Peacekeeper missile motors have launched seven times since 2010 from sites in Virginia, California, Alaska and Florida, all successfully. Five of those launches carried satellites into orbit, and two were experimental suborbital flights.Launch pad 0B is situated about a quarter-mile south of the other two orbital-class launch sites at Wallops....
Цитата: undefined NRO @NatReconOfc 19 ч. назадThe NRO's next mission #NROL129 is represented by two launch patches featuring two figures working together to defend our nation's interests and deny our adversaries sanctuary. 19 ч. назадThe patches include the phrase "Our Time has Come," which symbolizes that these payloads will enable the NRO's continued support to both defense and intelligence operations in support of national security.19 ч. назадThe #NROL129 launch is scheduled for no earlier than July 15 from @NASA_Wallops in Virginia.
Цитата: undefined Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 5 ч. назадTake a look at #MinotaurIV in all its glory during Wednesday's Range Interface Test where all communication systems were checked out with the ground and @NASA_TDRS.Liftoff set for Wednesday, 15 July. Window opens 09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC).Thanks to @northropgrumman for the photo.
Цитата: undefined NRO @NatReconOfc 11 ч. назадPartnerships are key to the success to any launch and our partners for #NROL129 are @northropgrumman, @NASA_Wallops, @AF_SMC and @VCSFA_MARS. We wouldn't be able to achieve our mission w/o the dedication & commitment of our space & launch partners! #teamwork #SpaceStartsHere
Цитата: undefined Chris G - NSF @ChrisG_NSF 39 мин. назадYesterday's Mission Dress Rehearsal went perfectly! Teams are into close-outs on #MinotaurIV. All is on track for launch on Wednesday, 15 July in a window that opens at 09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC).
Цитата NASA Wallops @NASA_Wallops 59 мин. назадPicture day for our Minotaur IV! The Wallops Weather Office is predicting 90 percent favorable weather for launch July 15 from Pad 0B at Wallops! Our live stream begins at 8:30 a.m. on the Wallops YouTube page and the launch window opens at 9 a.m.
Цитата SMC @AF_SMC 5 ч. назадThe @SpaceForceDoD is ready to launch their first mission at @NASA_Wallops Flight Facility NROL-129 on a #MinotaurIV! #StayTuned for the official launch time!
Цитата: undefined NRO @NatReconOfc 44 с. назадCheck out these awesome photos of #NROL129! We're set to launch aboard a @northropgrumman #MinotaurIV rocket tomorrow from @NASA_Wallops
Цитата: Старый от 14.07.2020 12:49:297 звёздочек слева - 7 состоявшихся полётов тяжёлого Минотавра, одна справа - нынешний полёт. А что это за 4 звёздочки ромбиком вверху?
Цитата: tnt22 от 14.07.2020 15:12:32Там ещё по центру ромба - пятая, незакрашенная (см крупно #8). Можно предположить, что 4 - число ПН в пуске, а 5-я - ?,- вроде как сам носитель...