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Vandenberg launches Minotaur I
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A Minotaur I rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 4:26 a.m. (PST) Feb. 6. The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Andrew Satran)
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Vandenberg launches Minotaur I

Posted 2/6/2011   Updated 2/6/2011 Email story   Print story

    


30th Space Wing Public Affairs

2/6/2011 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- A Minotaur I rocket was launched from Space Launch Complex-8 here at 4:26 a.m. (PST) Feb. 6.

The rocket carried a national security payload for the National Reconnaissance Office.

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

"I am extremely proud of the large group of professionals that came together to launch this rocket," said Colonel Boltz. "The 30th Space Wing and its mission partners have a long history of successful Minotaur launches and we are proud to continue that history again here today."

The launch was a combined effort of more than 200 personnel from the 30th Space Wing, NRO, Orbital Sciences Corporation, and the Space and Missile Systems Center.

The 30th Space Wing's next launch is a Taurus XL rocket for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration scheduled for Feb. 23.



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2/8/2011 12:02:44 AM ET
Hello we drove up to VAFB from LA on Saturday for the original scheduled launch of the Minotaur I rocket. Unfortunately the launch was scrubbed. On Sunday we drove down to Santa Monica and watched for the rocket at 426AM. We were happy to see it rise from behind the Santa Monica Mountains and fly out over the Pacific in a southwesterly direction. What an awesome sight. Keep up the great work USAF
Harry Klann, Los Angeles CA
 
2/6/2011 11:13:20 AM ET
Great job guys and gals
Al Millikan, Lompoc CA
 
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