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American target missile. Version with a Thiokol Castor IVB first stage, and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage.

Maximum range: 2,100 km (1,300 mi). Maximum speed: 15,480 kph (9,610 mph).

AKA: Castor-M57A1; MRTV; Medium Range Target Vehicle.
Status: Active.
Gross mass: 14,500 kg (31,900 lb).
Height: 17.40 m (57.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft).
Thrust: 500.00 kN (112,400 lbf).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 1999.09.15.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • ait 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...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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...

Associated Stages
  • Castor 4B Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 11,400/1,400 kg. Thrust 430.61 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 281 seconds. Optimized for high altitude (Conestoga) More...
  • Hera-2 Solid rocket stage. 76.00 kN (17,085 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,900 kg (4,189 lb). More...

ait-2 Chronology

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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