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MSBS M51


French intercontinental ballistic missile.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 56,000 kg (123,000 lb).
Height: 12.00 m (39.00 ft).
Diameter: 2.30 m (7.50 ft).
Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).
First Launch: 2006.11.09.
Last Launch: 2010.07.10.
Number: 5 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • MSBS Family of French submarine-launched ballistic missiles. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • SEREB French manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. SEREB, France. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Biscarosse In April 1962 France signed the final agreements with Algeria, requiring them to evacuate their rocket test ranged there by July 1967. Three months later a site on French soil on the Bay of Biscay, at Landes, near Biscarosse, was selected. The site would allow the testing of missiles over the Atlantic out to a range of 3000 km. This would put the RV impact area near the Azores, and a tracking station was opened in October 1966 on Flores island. More...

Associated Stages
  • MSBS M51-3 Solid rocket stage. 100.00 kN (22,481 lbf) thrust. Mass 5,000 kg (11,023 lb). More...
  • MSBS M51-1 Solid rocket stage. 900.00 kN (202,328 lbf) thrust. Mass 30,000 kg (66,139 lb). More...
  • MSBS M51-2 Solid rocket stage. 300.00 kN (67,443 lbf) thrust. Mass 10,000 kg (22,046 lb). More...

MSBS M51 Chronology


2006 November 9 - . 08:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51. LV Configuration: MSBS M51 1.
  • M51 test launch - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2007 June 21 - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51. LV Configuration: MSBS M51 2.
  • M51 SLBM test - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2008 November 13 - . 09:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51.
2010 January 27 - . 08:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Biscarosse. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51.
  • TN75 RV x 6 - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: R&D launch.

2010 July 10 - . 07:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Bay of Biscay Launch Area. Launch Platform: S614. LV Family: MSBS. Launch Vehicle: MSBS M51.
  • RV x 6 - . Nation: France. Agency: DMA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Operational test..

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