An Orbital Sciences Minotaur I rocket orbited two government spacecraft Dec. 16 from a new commercial launch facility on Wallops Island, Va. Liftoff of the four-stage solid-fuel rocket came at 7 a.m. EST, and it deployed the U.S. Air Force's TacSat-2 satellite as planned 11 minutes later. Riding piggyback on the Air Force satellite was GeneSat-1, a 10-pound biology experiment fielded by NASA's Ames Research Center. Managed by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Space ...

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