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Minotaur C Mission Launch Date Slips at Vandenberg AFB

The planned launch of a Minotaur C rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base won’t occur Tuesday, manufacturer Orbital ATK said. 

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

Officials earlier said the mission was targeting a launch at 2:37 p.m. Oct. 17 from Vandenberg.

The Minotaur C rocket will carry Planet’s six SkySat and four Dove spacecraft. 

The ground-launched rocket, nearly identical to the firm’s former Taurus rocket, employs components of Orbital’s air-launched Pegasus booster and can carry payloads weighing up to 3,500 pounds.

Minotaur-C will blast off from a Vandenberg site dubbed 576-E, an austere location boasting a concrete slab with a stand for the rocket.

Otherwise, the site lacks the mobile service tower and permanent umbilical tower found at other launch pads.

The 10 earth-imaging satellites have all been designed and manufactured in California’s Bay Area.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

The planned launch of a Minotaur C rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base won’t occur Tuesday, manufacturer Orbital ATK said. 

“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,” company representatives said in a statement. “Once approval is received from the range, a new target date will be provided.”

Officials earlier said the mission was targeting 2:37 p.m. Oct. 17 from Vandenberg.

The Minotaur C rocket will carry Planet’s six SkySat and four Dove spacecraft. 

The ground-launched rocket, nearly identical to the firm’s former Taurus rocket, employs components of Orbital’s air-launched Pegasus booster and can carry payloads weighing up to 3,500 pounds.

Minotaur-C will blast off from a Vandenberg site dubbed 576-E, an austere site boasting a concrete slab with a stand for the rocket. Otherwise, the site lacks the mobile service tower and permanent umbilical tower found at other launch pads.

The 10 earth-imaging satellites have all been designed and manufactured in California’s Bay Area.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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