An Orbital Sciences Corp. Minotaur 1 launch vehicle orbited the Pentagon’s first Operationally Responsive Space (ORS-1) satellite late Wednesday in a launch from Wallops Island, Va., that was visible up and down the East Coast. Liftoff of the solid-fuel rocket crafted from surplus Minuteman ICBM motors came at 11:09 p.m. EDT, and the spacecraft separated 12 min. later. After a 30-day checkout period in its 400-km (250-mi.), 40-deg. orbit, it will be turned over to the U.S. Air Force ...

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