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Student-built satellites, military payloads put into orbit

19 November 2013

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Crowned with a record-setting horde of 29 satellites, a Minotaur 1 rocket bounded into space from Virginia on Tuesday night and put on an evening sky show before releasing the medley of spacecraft more than 300 miles above Earth.

The 69-foot-tall booster raced off its launch pad on Virginia's Eastern Shore at 8:15 p.m. EST Tuesday (0115 GMT Wednesday), soaring past the speed of sound in less than 30 seconds and leaving a plume of rocket exhaust in its wake.

Sponsored by the U.S. Defense Department's Operationally Responsive Space office, the fiery launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility was delayed 45 minutes Tuesday evening as technicians resolved a problem with a downrange tracking station in North Carolina.

Source: Spaceflight Now

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