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Terrier Oriole Mk 70


American sounding rocket.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
Height: 11.00 m (36.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft).
Apogee: 370 km (220 mi).
First Launch: 2005.11.02.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Terrier Standard US Navy surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950's. Modified single stage Navy Terrier missiles were used as sounding rockets, sometimes supplemented with upper stages. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Astrotech American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Astrotech, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • 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...

Associated Stages
  • Terrier Mk 70 Oriole-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,038/290 kg. Thrust kN. The basic Terrier mk70 motor was 3.94 m long with a principal diameter of 46 cm. There was a 7.6-cm interstage adapter which allowed for drag separation at Terrier burnout. Typically, the Terrier booster would utilize two spin motors to reduce dispersion and also serve as drag plates. Each Terrier fin was 0.43 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide two revolutions per second spin rate at Terrier burnout. More...

Terrier Oriole Mk 70 Chronology


2005 November 2 - . 22:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Oriole Mk 70. LV Configuration: Terrier Mk 70 Oriole NASA 45.02DR.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; NAWC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

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