The Minotaur III suborbital launch vehicle provides the ability to deliver payloads up to 3000 kg on long range, suborbital trajectories for various U.S. Government-sponsored applications. It utilizes residual Peacekeeper solid rocket motors combined with Orbital's commercial launch vehicle technologies. The Minotaur III is designed to be adaptable to a variety of potential payloads. A mono-propellant hydrazine propulsion fourth stage called Super-HAPS provides precision trajectory control to support the high-accuracy delivery of target or reentry systems for technology demonstration. Multiple adapters and separation systems enable a variety of options for payloads.
The combination of thoroughly proven motors and Orbital's extensively flight proven commercial subsystems results in a uniquely reliable, cost-effective solution. All vehicles in the Minotaur family have common avionics architectures, software, ground support equipment, and processes, providing the benefits of a shared heritage and continuity across multiple vehicles.
|Version||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3||Stage 4|
|Minotaur-3 (Peacekeeper-TLV)||TU-903 (SR-118)||SR-119||SR-120||Super-HAPS / 12 × MR-107K|
Nr Vehicle Serial Date LS Subor Suc Payload
None Planned: Launch sites: CC = Spaceport Florida, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA / SLC-46 Kd = Pacific Spaceport Complex - Alaska (Kodiak Launch Complex), Kodiak Island, Narrow Cape, Alaska, USA / LP-1 Va = Vandenberg AFB, California, USA / SLC-8 (ex CLF) WI = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA
Source: Orbital Sciences Corp. Website