Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 4 Rocket Scheduled to Launch Four Payloads for NRO on Wednesday Written 15 July 2020


Minotaur IV rocket | Chris Perry; NASA

Spaceflight Now reports that “four clandestine payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office [NRO] are awaiting liftoff Wednesday from Wallops Island, Virginia, on a Minotaur 4 rocket powered by Cold War-era missile stages stored for more than 30 years until their conversion into a satellite launcher.” Northrop Grumman’s Minotaur 4 is scheduled to launch on Wednesday during a launch window that opens at 9 a.m. EDT. The rocket is expected to place the four NRO payloads into low-Earth orbit, but the “mission’s exact orbital parameters are classified.” 
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