Orbital ATK launches rocket from Cape Canaveral
Dulles-based Orbital ATK successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite into space last weekend from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The company said its Minotaur IV space launch vehicle placed into orbit the U.S. Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space-5 (ORS-5) satellite early Saturday morning.
From its orbit 372 miles (599 kilometers) above the earth, ORS-5 will deliver information to the U.S. Strategic Command through the Joint Space Operations Center.
Minotaur rockets now have been launched from ranges in California, Virginia, Alaska and Florida. The vehicles are procured under the OSP-3 contract administered by Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, as a prime contractor and merchant supplier.
The company employs approximately 13,000 people across the U.S. and in several international locations.