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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Team Vandenberg launched a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:41 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, from Space Launch Complex-8 here.The Minotaur IV launched the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a first-of-its-kind satellite that can detect and track orbiting space objects from space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Lee)
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Posted 9/25/2010   Updated 9/26/2010 Email story   Print story

    


30th Space Wing Public Affairs

9/25/2010 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- Team Vandenberg launched a Minotaur IV rocket at 9:41 p.m. Sept. 25 from Space Launch Complex-8 here.

The Minotaur IV launched the Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite, a first-of-its-kind satellite that can detect and track orbiting space objects from space.

The 30th Space Wing commander, Col. Richard Boltz, was the launch decision authority.

"SBSS will greatly enhance our existing space situational awareness capability, a capability vital to protecting our space-based assets," said Colonel Boltz. "This evening's launch was our third launch in eight days, and I am extremely proud of Team Vandenberg for all the hard work and dedication they've put into these important missions."

This launch was a combined effort between the 30th Space Wing, Orbital Sciences Corporation, The Boeing Company, Ball Aerospace and the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The Minotaur IV launch vehicle provides the ability to deliver payloads up to 3000 kilograms on long range, suborbital trajectories. It utilizes residual Peacekeeper solid rocket motors combined with Orbital's commercial launch vehicle technologies.



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9/27/2010 2:53:08 PM ET
We saw the very last of the 2nd stage and the entire 3rd stage burn all the way from Phoenix AZ Little staging dot of light amazing that we could see it from so far away.
Jasper, Phoenix AZ
 
9/26/2010 7:16:07 PM ET
Last night was our first launch experience which we attended at Surf Beach. Seeing and hearing the rocket so closely was fabulous. I had so much pride in our country that it brought tears to my eyes. I am now considered a senior citizen. The feeling of excitement at the launch made me feel like a kid again. I am looking forward to the Jan 15th launch.
Judi Kodaj, Arroyo Grande
 
9/26/2010 6:27:42 PM ET
We watched it - seemed like we saw two stages.
elin, Sky Valley CA
 
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