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Mission Update: Minotaur-C SkySat Launch


Launch: TBD
Launch Site: SLC-576E, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Mission Customer: Planet

Mission Update

October 11, 2017
Orbital ATK is requesting a later launch date from the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to accommodate further verification and routine testing of the company’s Minotaur C rocket. Once approval is received from the range, a new target date will be provided.

An Orbital ATK Minotaur-C rocket will launch six SkySat Earth observation satellites for Planet. These satellites will be used to collect high resolution imagery for the commerical market. The mission also includes the deployment of four Dove CubeSats which will be released from Tyvak RailPODs.

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About the Mission

Background on Minotaur-C
The Minotaur-C space launch vehicle is a variant of the Minotaur product line designed to support U.S. government and commercial customers. Minotaur-C employs four Orbital ATK solid rocket motors as its propulsion system, all of which have been flown dozens of times and are thoroughly flight-proven in various combinations on the company's other small space launch vehicles, including Pegasus, Taurus and Minotaur, as well as on the Orbital Boost Vehicle (OBV) long-range missile defense interceptor. It will also incorporate numerous design features that are common with the Minotaur product line, such as the rocket's electrical power system, payload fairing, flight termination system, navigation sensors and RF components.

Background on SkySat and Dove Spacecraft
The Dove and SkySat satellites are some of the most capable spacecraft per kilogram ever, capturing medium and high resolution multispectral imagery of Earth at unprecedented scale and frequency. A record-breaking 271 Dove satellites have been successfully deployed and operated in space and today collect more imagery per day than any other commercial provider. The SkySat constellation of 7 SkySats, soon to be 13, is the world’s largest commercial, sub-meter fleet of high-res satellites operating in space. Together, the Dove and SkySat network of remote sensing satellites deliver a global information feed to businesses, governments, and NGOs around the world.

More Information

Minotaur-C Fact Sheet
SkySat Fact Sheet
Minotaur Launch Vehicles Webpage
Minotaur Mission History
About Planet