Earth Observation Mission News
Ten commercial Earth observing satellites launched aboard Minotaur-C rocket
31 October 2017
Returning to service after a six-year hiatus, Orbital ATK's revamped Minotaur-C rocket soared into space on 31 October from California's Central Coast with 10 commercial Earth-imaging spacecraft for Planet, a San Francisco-based company with a globe-spanning satellite fleet mapping the world's land masses every day.
The 104-foot-tall (32-meter) rocket ignited its solid-fueled Castor 120 first stage booster at 2:37 p.m. PDT (5:37 p.m. EDT; 21:37 GMT) Tuesday after a smooth countdown, quickly climbing away from pad 576E at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
Source: SpaceFlight Now
Image credit: Orbital ATK - The Minotaur-C rocket fires away from pad 576E at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.