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First Minotaur IV Lite launches from Vandenberg

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials launch the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22, 2010,at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials launch the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22, 2010,at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials launch the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22, 2010,at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials launch the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22, 2010,at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Lee)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) -- Members from the 30th Space Wing here launched the first Minotaur IV Lite launch vehicle at 4 p.m. April 22 here.

The rocket carried the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2.

The Minotaur family of launch vehicles are provided by the Orbital/Suborbital Program 2 and managed by officials from the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Development and Test Wing's Launch Test Squadron located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

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