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Watch: Minotaur IV rocket launches from NASA Wallops

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Posted at 9:33 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 11:00:03-04

A Northrop Grumman Minotaur IV rocket launched from NASA Wallops Wednesday morning.

The rocket is carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The U.S. Space Force (USSF) Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Program is providing the launch services for this mission.

The 78-foot tall Minotaur IV launch vehicle consists of three solid-fueled motors from decommissioned Peacekeeper ICBMs and a commercial solid rocket upper stage.

There was a delay as boats were in the hazard area were being removed and a new takeoff time was set for 9:46 a.m., once those boats were cleared.

NASA said the weather looks good for the rocket to take off on time.