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Minotaur I launches secret payload

Submit on Monday, February 7th, 2011 22:59

Rocket: Minotaur I; Payload: NROL-66 [a.k.a. Rapid Pathfinder Program (RPP)]; Date: 6 February 2011, 1226 UTC; Launch Site: Vandenberg Air Force Base, USA. The classified payload is reported to be used by the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to test new optical or radar imagery systems.Other Posts:Iridium Offers Satellite E-mail Service For Zodiac ShipsTeal Worldwide Mission Model Estimates 2,229 Space PayloadsSEAKR to provide Iridium NEXT communication processorThrust controller failed aboard GSLV-F02Inmarsat Profit Nearly Doubles In 2006Formosat 3 failures ‘no big deal’Spacedev President ResignsModulus Unveils New Class Of Encoders

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