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Athena H


American test vehicle. Four stage vehicle consisting of 4 x Recruit + 1 x Castor 4 + 1 x Antares 2 + 1 x Alcor IA

Gross mass: 14,000 kg (30,000 lb).
Height: 18.60 m (61.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft).
Thrust: 422.00 kN (94,869 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 1971.04.03.
Last Launch: 1974.06.23.
Number: 18 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Athena RTV The Athena was designed to simulate the re-entry environment of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was one of the few examples of sustained interstate missile tests within the United States. The project was begun in February 1964 with the first of several hundred launches from Green River, Utah, to impact points in the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
Associated Launch Sites
  • Green River Military testing range used to launch several hundred Athena rockets from 1964 to 1973. These sent re-entry test vehicles or anti-ballistic missile targets to impact points in the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This was one of the few examples of sustained interstate missile tests within the United States. Known to have been used for 244 launches from 1964 to 1975, reaching up to 281 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Wake Island US Pacific test vehicle launch site. In use from 1974 for launches of re-entry test vehicles and anti-ballistic missile targets. Known to have been used for 18 launches from 1974 to 2004, reaching up to 500 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • Alcor IA Solid rocket stage. 49.00 kN (11,016 lbf) thrust. Mass 500 kg (1,102 lb). More...
  • Antares 2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,400/300 kg. Thrust 93.09 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 293 seconds. More...
  • Castor 4 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 10,534/1,269 kg. Thrust 407.21 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 261 seconds. More...

Athena H Chronology


1971 April 3 - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H001.
  • ROCS - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 August 13 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H002.
  • ADE-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1972 March 17 - . 15:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H003.
  • SAMAST 1B re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 281 km (174 mi).

1972 August 12 - . 09:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H004.
  • RVTO-3B-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1972 October 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H007.
  • ABC-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 January 12 - . 08:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H005.
  • RANT - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 January 12 - . 10:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H009.
  • ABC-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 March 29 - . 15:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H006.
  • RVTO-3B-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 March 29 - . 17:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H008.
  • RVTO-3B-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 April 27 - . 04:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H010.
  • RVTO-3B-4 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 August 24 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H. LV Configuration: Athena H H011.
  • ABC-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 February 13 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 March 9 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 March 24 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 May 19 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 4 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 May 29 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 5 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 June 13 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 6 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 June 23 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 7 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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