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Minotaur-2 (OSP-TLV)

Minotaur-2 (OSP-TLV) [OSC]

The OSP (Orbital Suborbital Program) launch vehicles consits of components of retired Minuteman-2 missiles combined with new fabricated parts to create a low cost launch vehicle for modest orbital missions and sub orbital target delivery. Common for all versions are the M-55 and SR-19 first and second stages taken from the Minuteman-2. The Target Launch Vehicle features also a M-57A third stage of the original Minuteman-2 and is called Minotaur-2. The Satellite Launch Vehicle, also known as Minotaur-1, uses Orion-50XL and a Orion-38 Motors of Pegasus heritage as upper stages. Another version was to launch a experimental liquid fueled upper stage (USFE) on a suborbital trajectory. OSP vehicles are not commercially available

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Minotaur-2 (OSP-TLV, NLGM-30F) M-55 SR-19-AJ-1 M-57A
No.      TypNo     Type                              Date        LS             Payload 

 818         1     Minotaur-2         TLV-D          28.05.2000  Va LF-06     * TLV-Demo
 827         2     Minotaur-2         TLV-1          04.12.2001  Va LF-06     * IFT 7 Target
 828         3     Minotaur-2         TLV-2          16.03.2002  Va LF-06     * IFT 8 Target
 833         4     Minotaur-2         TLV-3          15.10.2002  Va LF-06     * IFT 9 Target
 834         5     Minotaur-2         TLV-4          11.12.2002  Va LF-06     * IFT 10 Target
 855         6     Minotaur-2         TLV-5          21.03.2007  Va LF-06     * SBX Target

planned launches


Launch sites:

Va  = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA USA


* = suborbital