17 December 2006

The US has another launchpad

Welcome to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority, lately known as the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.

They sent a 70-foot Minotaur off yesterday, including a TacSat-2 for the USAF and GeneSat-1 for NASA.

They were evidently a bit rushed to assemble it all:

Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles built the rocket with two stages made from decommissioned Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles and two stages from Pegasus rockets.

You’d almost expect the footage to show a bloke leaning on his big electric plunger, no? (-:

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