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Castor 4B


American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle. First launch 1996.07.15.

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: continuing.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 13,000 kg (28,000 lb).
Height: 14.00 m (45.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft).
Thrust: 500.00 kN (112,400 lbf).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1996.07.15.
Last Launch: 2010.10.30.
Number: 14 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • OSC American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Orbital Sciences Corporation, USA. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • Pacific Ocean Sounding rocket launches made from naval vessels in the Pacific accounted for 280 launches from 1949 to 2006, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Barking Sands Military missile test and sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1962 to present. Sandia National Laboratories operates the Kauai Test Facility for the Department of Energy and, through inter-Service Support Agreements provides the Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility with rocket launch services for target systems and upper atmosphere measurements. PMRF/KTF is recognized in the INF Treaty as an authorized site from which launches of the STARS missile can be conducted. The site was recently involved in anti-ballistic missile tests. Known to have been used for 2320 launches from 1962 to 2007, reaching up to 1000 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
  • 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...

Castor 4B Chronology


1996 July 15 - . 18:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B TCMP IIB.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 317 km (196 mi).

1997 February 22 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B TCMP II.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1997 March 1 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B TCMP IIC.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2005 April 8 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. Launch Pad: 22.0 N x 175.0 W. Launch Platform: C-17. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B MRT.
  • RRF - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2005 August 4 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B CMCM-1.
  • CMCM-1-F1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

2005 August 18 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B CMCM-1.
  • CMCM-1-F2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

2005 November 18 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B NTW Aegis Target.
  • SMD FTM04-2 MRT-1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2006 June 22 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B MBRV Aegis Target.
  • SMD FTM-10 MRT-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2007 June 23 - . 02:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B Aegis Target.
  • SMD FTM-12 MRT-3? - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2008 June 26 - . 02:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B THAAD FTT-09 Target.
  • MRT-6 (Sep) - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2008 October 30 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B Aegis target.
  • MRT-7 Japan SM-3 Tgt - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2009 October 28 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B Aegis JFTM -3 target.
  • MRT-8 (Sep MRT) - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2010 March 26 - . 13:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • SSC MAXUS 8 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi). Summary: Microgravity payload.

2010 October 30 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • MRT-9 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Summary: ABM target. Successful intercept..

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