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Orbital Set to Launch Rocket for Air Force from Alaska Today

Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB) is getting set to launch a Minotaur IV rocket for the Air Force’s Space Test Program-S26 (STP-S26) mission.

Heading into orbit will be four microsatellites, two CubeSats, and perform a technology demonstration. The rocket will launch from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska today.

The trip marks the third launch for the Minotaur IV, which debuted in April.

“Orbital is privileged to be supporting the Air Force on this important mission for the Space Development and Test Wing, ” said Lou Amorosi, Orbital’s senior vice president for Minotaur launch vehicles. “Building upon the success of the first two Minotaur IV launches, we are excited about delivering this new capability for the small satellite community.”

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