VIRGINIA COAST LAUNCH IN THE ON DECK CIRCLE.

VIRGINIA COAST LAUNCH IN THE ON DECK CIRCLE.

VIRGINIA COAST LAUNCH IN THE ON DECK CIRCLE.

Photo Credit: NASA/WFF of the ORS1 launch. CLICK for full size photo and see below for links for live viewing, locations you can see the launch from as well as mission information.

With all of the focus on the NASA MAVEN mission to mars this Monday don’t forget that on Tuesday we will have another launch, this time FROM MARS! That is; the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Virginia coast.

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 1930 EST (0030 UTC on the 20th) Orbital Sciences will launch a U.S. Air Force Minotaur-I rocket carrying the Operationally Responsive Space 3 (ORS3) Mission from Pad-B at Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), Wallops Island, VA. A world record 29 satellites will be launched on this vehicle with the primary objective to carry the U.S. Air Force Space Test Program Satellite 3 (STPSat-3) spacecraft into orbit. In addition, there will be 28 cubesats onboard including the TJ3 Satellite which is the first ever satellite built by a high school student.

The ORS-3 Mission, also known as an enabler mission, will demonstrate and validate launch and range improvements for NASA and the military. These include automated trajectory targeting, range-safety planning and flight termination systems. The launch also will be part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) certification process for the Minotaur rocket. The FAA has licensing authority over American commercial rockets.

Some highlights of this flight include:
* 29 satellites on board which is the most ever in one launch.
* 25th overall launch of a Minotaur family rocket.
* 6th Minotaur launch from the WFF.
* 2nd Minotaur launch from WFF in the last 3 months (Remember LADEE?).
* Since 2000 74 satellites will have been boosted into Earth Orbit by Minotaur vehicles.

WATCH LIVE AT: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-tv-wallops

Locations in the US where you will be able to view the Minotaur-I launch from: http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurI_ORS-3/

ORS3 Mission fact page: http://ors.csd.disa.mil/media/ORS-3-final-Aug-2012.pdf

Ball Aerospace STPSat-3 Data:  http://www.ballaerospace.com/file/media/D1918%20STPSat-3%20TU%206_13.pdf

TJ3 Satellite information: http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/MissionUpdates/MinotaurI_ORS-3/TJ3Sat/

NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) Twitter: https://twitter.com/NASA_Wallops

Orbital Sciences Twitter: https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences

NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NASAWFF

Orbital Minotaur-I Rocket page: http://www.orbital.com/SpaceLaunch/Minotaur/I/

Minotaur-I User Guide: http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/Publications/Minotaur_Guide.pdf?bcsi_scan_df193da5ba4c5bc6=0&bcsi_scan_filename=Minotaur_Guide.pdf

Minotaur-I fact sheet: http://www.orbital.com/NewsInfo/Publications/Minotaur_I_Fact.pdf

Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS): http://www.marsspaceport.com/

NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF): http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home/index.html

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