TASC Helps Lift Minotaur V Rocket, Lunar Probe; John Brennan Comments

TASCTASC verified the avionics systems and flight software for the Minotaur V rocket that launched Friday and contains a NASA moon-observing satellite.

The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer lifted off from NASA’s Wallops flight facility in Virginia aboard the five-stage rocket, TASC said Monday.

Orbital Sciences Corp. builds the Minotaur family of launch vehicles for the U.S. Air Force.

“We are honored to be a part of the USAF’s mission to support space research and proud that TASC has the program heritage and knowledge to help make this launch a success,” said John Brennan, vice president of TASC’s Air Force business unit.

Before the launch, TASC reviewed the design of the rocket’s avionics systems and built a testbed for the flight software.

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