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Castor-Orbus


American sounding rocket. Vehicle consisting 1 x Castor + 1 x Orbus 1, sometimes augmented with a Recruit booster stage.

Failures: 2. Success Rate: 33.33%. First Fail Date: 1992-10-16. Last Fail Date: 1997-10-04. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1997.
Gross mass: 13,500 kg (29,700 lb).
Height: 16.00 m (52.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft).
Thrust: 430.00 kN (96,660 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1992.10.16.
Last Launch: 1997.10.04.
Number: 3 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Associated Launch Sites
  • 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...
  • Nevada Test Site Nuclear test site. Sounding rockets and test vehicles have been launched in support of US nuclear weapons development from the site since the 1950's. More...

Associated Stages
  • Castor 1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 3,852/535 kg. Thrust 286.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 247 seconds. More...
  • Starbird-4 Solid rocket stage. 88.00 kN (19,783 lbf) thrust. Mass 500 kg (1,102 lb). More...

Castor-Orbus Chronology


1992 October 16 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Vehicle: Castor-Orbus. LV Configuration: Castor-Orbus-1 SPFE 6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1997 February 10 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Nevada Test Site. Launch Complex: Nevada Test Site Area 26. Launch Vehicle: Castor-Orbus. LV Configuration: Castor-Orbus Fusing Test.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1997 October 4 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Nevada Test Site. Launch Complex: Nevada Test Site Area 26. Launch Vehicle: Castor-Orbus. LV Configuration: Castor-Orbus Fusing Test. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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