Orbital ATK’s Minotaur rocket launches Air Force satellite

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Capitalism in space: Orbital ATK today launched an Air Force satellite using its Minotaur rocket.

The launch also reactivated a Kennedy launchpad that hadn’t been used since 1999.



  • Fred K

    C̶a̶p̶i̶t̶a̶l̶i̶s̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶S̶p̶a̶c̶e̶. Highly subsidized government contractors in space. FTFY

  • SCoop

    Five stage, wow. That thing was shedding junk all the way up. The problem with using an ICBM is they were not designed for cost effectiveness and versatility.

  • Frank

    Like rocket launches should be. Fire, speed, space junk.

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