U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Central Asia will be able to supplement the tactical imagery they receive from airborne sensors with data from the Pentagon's first Operationally Responsive Space (ORS-1) satellite, launched June 29 after a 30-month development. An Orbital Sciences Corp. (OSC) Minotaur 1 launch vehicle carried the spacecraft aloft from Pad 0B at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Va. Liftoff of the four-stage solid-fuel vehicle, which uses surplus ...

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