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Minotaur Rocket Launch Completed from NASA Wallops
06.29.11
 
Minotaur rocket on the launchpad at Wallops Island, Va. A Minotaur rocket sits on the pad at Wallops Island, Va., waiting to loft the ORS-1 satellite for the Operationally Responsive Space Office. Credit: NASA/Wallops Flight Facility
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WALLOPS ISLAND, VA – An U.S. Air Force Minotaur 1 rocket carrying the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space office’s ORS-1 satellite was successfully launched at 11:09 p.m. EDT today from NASA’s Launch Range at the Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in Virginia.

“We are very pleased to continue our support to the U.S. Air Force and the Operationally Responsive Space Office (ORS) with today’s successful launch,” said Bill Wrobel, director of NASA’s Wallops flight Facility. “This is the fourth Minotaur 1 launch from Wallops since December 2006 and we look forward to collaborating with the Air Force and ORS on future projects.”

“Today’s launch continues the Wallops legacy of providing efficient and cost effective support to our launch customers that include government and commercial organizations,” Wrobel said.

ORS-1 is the Operationally Responsive Space Office’s first operational satellite.

Further information on the mission is available on the Internet at:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/missions/ORS.html

Information on future missions from Wallops is available on the Internet at:
http://www.nasa.gov/wallops

Launch information also is available on the Wallops launch status line at 757-824-2050.

The next mission scheduled from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is two series of two suborbital rockets. Both series include a Terrier-Improved Orion and a Black Brant V between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 5 through 25.
 
 
Wallops Release No. 11-18

Keith Koehler
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va.
757-824-1579
Keith.A.Koehler@nasa.gov