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[jamsat-bb:5014] New Minotaur Launch

New Launch:  27 January 2000   0303 Z 

Site:  Vandenberg AFB

Launcher:  Minotaur

International Number(s):  2000-004A/B/C/D/E

  SSC      Name

26061     ASUSAT-1      [Owner = USA]

26062     OPAL          [Owner = USA]

26063     OCS           [Owner = USA]

26064     FALCONSAT-2   [Owner = USA]

26065     JAWSAT        [Owner = USA]


This is the first launch of satellites to orbit by the Minotaur booster.  It
is a combination of Minuteman ICBM first & second stages with the upper
stages from the Taurus booster.  The above satellites have been cataloged by
USSC and published by  NASA.  They are a collection of imagery, technology,
science and communications payloads.  Some additional payloads are
apparently going to stay attached to the above satellites.  One non-NASA
report does show additional satellites being released.  Contributors are the
USAF Academy, Stanford, Arizona State, Weber State, NASA Marshall SFC and
the USAF Research Lab. 

Here are some JAWSAT related links:
California Commercial Spaceport

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