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ORBITAL ATK'S 'FRANKENSTEIN' MINOTAUR C ROCKET BLASTS OFF ON HALLOWEEN

ORBITAL ATK'S 'FRANKENSTEIN' MINOTAUR C ROCKET BLASTS OFF ON HALLOWEEN A brand-new type of rocket, the Minotaur C, blasted off on its maiden voyage today (Oct. 31) to deliver several new Earth observation satellites into orbit. Orbital ATK's Minotaur C lifted off from Space Launch Complex 576E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 5:37 p.m. EDT (2:37 p.m. local time, 2137 GMT). About 15 minutes later, the rocket deployed six SkySat Earth-imaging satellites and four Dove cubesats for the commercial imaging company Planet. "Liftoff of Minotaur C, carrying the SkySat and Dove satellites for Planet," Sean Wilson, director of corporate communications for Orbital ATK, said during a live webcast of the launch.   More



(Source: Space.com - Nov 1)

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