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It’s A Go for July 15 Minotaur IV Launch from Wallops

Credits: NASA

It’s a go for launch of a Northrop Grumman Minotaur IV rocket July 15 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.

The rocket is carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Program is providing the launch services for this mission.

The weather continues to look favorable for the launch. The T-24 hour forecast shows a 90% probability of acceptable weather for launch with the possibility of fog and cumulous clouds forming over the region.

The window opens at 9 a.m. for the Northrop Grumman rocket for the launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport’s Pad 0B.

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.

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.

Header Image Credit: NASA/Chris Perry

Keith Koehler

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility