Press Release

TASC, Inc. Supports Successful Minotaur IV Launch

By SpaceRef Editor
August 19, 2011
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Mission Deploys Hypersonic Technology Demonstration

TASC, Inc. provided independent mission assurance, launch site and engineering support for the August 11 launch of a Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle.  The rocket carried DARPA’s Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2), which is believed to be the fastest vehicle ever flown from the ground, achieving Mach 20 speeds.

“These launches support some of our most advanced technological and scientific tests, paving the way for future hypersonic investments,” says Pat Talty, senior vice president of Mission Engineering at TASC.

The Minotaur IV “Lite” launch vehicle used on this mission consists of the first three rocket motor stages from decommissioned Peacekeeper intercontinental ballistic missiles. Orbital Sciences Corporation, the launch vehicle contractor, provided the new and upgraded structures, electronics and software used to fly them.  The TASC team resolved risks associated with various aspects of the Minotaur IV, including a design change to the post-separation maneuvers of the launch vehicle. DARPA – the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – is managing the HTV-2 project.  To learn more, visit

About TASC

Founded in 1966, TASC, Inc., is a leading provider of advanced systems engineering, integration and decision-support services to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and civilian agencies of the federal government.  With more than 5,000 employees in 40 locations, TASC generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue.  For more information and career opportunities, visit our website at

Media Contact:  Christine Nyirjesy Bragale, TASC Public Relations Manager, [email protected], (703) 653-5996.

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