The LGM-30 Minuteman is the only land based ICBM in the US strategic arsenal. Gradually these missiles will have to be retired. My question is, can they be used to launch commercial satellites into LEO? What is the highest orbit they can achieve?
According to this page at the Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, the LGM-30 Minuteman III has been considered for launching satellites. It also states that Orbital Sciences currently already modifies the Minuteman series for use in the Minotaur launch vehicle (although it seems this is the Minuteman II).
It looks like most of the necessary specifications are provided here, so I will try and simulate a launch to get an idea of what kind of payloads could be lifted to LEO.