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The ait vehicles were developed to support the USAF Airborne Intercept Technology program. They consisted of a Minuteman SR19AJ1 first stage (the basic ait version) or Thiokol Castor IVB first stage (designated ait-2), and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage. A front-end module housed the payloads, the control system, GPS, and inertial guidance electronics.

The payload was accomodated in a 96.5 cm fairing and could be oriented post-boost using an 8500 N-sec cold gas orientation system.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • ait American target missile. The ait vehicles were developed to support the USAF Airborne Intercept Technology program. They consisted of a Minuteman SR19AJ1 first stage (the basic ait version) or Thiokol Castor IVB first stage (designated ait-2), and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage. A front-end module housed the payloads, the control system, GPS, and inertial guidance electronics. More...
  • ait-2 American target missile. Version with a Thiokol Castor IVB first stage, and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kodiak In January 1998, the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation began building a commercial spaceport at Narrow Cape on Kodiak Island, about 400 km south of Anchorage and 40 km southwest of the City of Kodiak. Kodiak Island was advertised as one of the best locations in the world for polar launch operations, providing a wide launch azimuth and unobstructed downrange flight path. More...

ait Chronology


1998 November 6 - . 01:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: ait. Launch Vehicle: ait.
  • ait-1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; OSC. Apogee: 715 km (444 mi).

1999 September 15 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: ait. Launch Vehicle: ait-2. LV Configuration: Castor-M57A1 ait-2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Apogee: 1,060 km (650 mi).

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