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Nike Hercules
Nike Hercules
Nike Hercules
Credit: via Andreas Parsch
American two stage surface-to-air missile, replaced Nike Ajax, operational with the US and allied armies. Rocket stages later used in sounding rockets. Vehicle consisting of 1 x Hercules Booster + 1 x TX-30

AKA: M6;MIM-14;MIM-14A/B;SAM-A-25. Status: Active. First Launch: 1957-03-13. Last Launch: 1971-01-01. Number: 154 . Thrust: 775.00 kN (174,226 lbf). Gross mass: 4,900 kg (10,800 lb). Height: 11.90 m (39.00 ft). Diameter: 1.06 m (3.47 ft). Apogee: 45 km (27 mi).

Development of an improved Nike anti-aircraft missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, began in June 1953. Western Electric and Douglas remained the prime contractors. The much larger missile was boosted by four Nike Ajax boosters strapped together. A solid-propellant second stage replaced the dangerous and troublesome liquid propellant stage of the Nike Ajax. Nike Hercules used the same guidance and ground components, so Nike Ajax missiles were replaced by Nike Hercules at the existing sites in 1958-1963. Nike Hercules were normally fitted with blast-fragmentation warhead, but some received the variable yield (2 kT-40 kT) W-31 nuclear warhead. Improved radars with better electronic countermeasures resistance were deployed to the sites beginning in June 1961. These had capability against not only high-altitude bombers, but also tactical rockets and a surface targets.

145 sites on US territory equipped with 25,000 Nike Hercules missiles were operated until they were phased out in 1967-1974. They remained in service in Europe until 1984, and in South Korea into the 21st Century.

Initial Operational Capability: 1958.


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Nike Hercules R&D 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Hercules Booster + 1 x Ajax Cluster.

Nike Hercules 1810 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Hercules Booster + 1 x Ajax Cluster 1810.

Nike J 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Hercules Booster + 1 x TX-30.

Nike Hercules Korean modification American surface-to-air missile. South Korea displayed a modification of the Nike Hercules with a new monolithic single-engine solid propellant stage of South Korean manufacture. The modification was believed to also have guidance changes allowing it to serve as a surface-to-surface missile.

MIM-14A American surface-to-air missile. W31 Mod 2 warhead. Two different warhead sections were possible: M22 and M97, with yields of 1-20-40 kt.

MIM-14B American surface-to-air missile.

Family: surface-to-air, vehicle-launched. Country: USA. Launch Sites: White Sands, Fort Churchill, Fort Bliss MCG, Johnston Island, Fort Wainwright LCP, Elmendorf AFB LCS, White Sands LC32. Stages: TX-30, XM-42. Agency: Western Electric. Bibliography: 2, 563.

1955 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 January 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules 1810.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 February 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules 1810.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 March 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules 1810.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 April 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules 1810.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 June 15 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 July 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 August 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 August 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 September 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 September 12 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 October 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 November 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 November 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 November 23 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 December 7 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 December 14 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1955 December 14 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • [B46] - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • [B45] - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 January 12 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 January 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 January 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 February 9 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 February 10 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 February 24 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 February 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 May 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 June 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 June 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 June 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 July 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • System Demo - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 July 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • System Demo - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 August 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 September 10 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • QB-17 intercept - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 September 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 September 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 October 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 October 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 October 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 November 7 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 December 14 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Firing no. 47 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1956 December 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 March 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 April 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Drone intercept - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 May 7 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Contr. system test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 October 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Contr. system test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).
  • Contr. system test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 Dec - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • XM30 No.35 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1957 Dec - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Liquid stage 67 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules R&D.
  • Liquid stage 72/last - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 April 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Ord Eng Eval Test 1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 April 28 - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 3 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 4 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 6 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 May - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 5 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 Jun - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 8 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 Jun - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS IMB 2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 Jun - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Package Training 7 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 Jun - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS IMB 1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Project AMMO - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1958 July 14 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 July 17 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 July 24 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-3 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1958 July 24 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-4 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1958 July 29 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-6 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 July 29 - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • SNODGRASS Ph3-5 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1958 Dec - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • XM30 No.111 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 January 30 - . 20:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 3 - . 20:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 7 - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 10 - . 21:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 12 - . 19:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 19 - . 18:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 February 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Field qual - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 March 3 - . 21:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cold weather test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 June 24 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC32. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cell launcher test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 July 10 - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Field qual - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 July 31 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Field qual - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 Dec - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • XM30 No.205 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 December 17 - . 00:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wainwright. Launch Complex: Fort Wainwright LCP. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Service firing test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1959 December 17 - . 20:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wainwright. Launch Complex: Fort Wainwright LCP. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Service firing test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1959 December 19 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC32. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Cell launcher test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1960 March 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wainwright. Launch Complex: Fort Wainwright LCP. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Last 1959-60 ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 3.00 km (1.80 mi).

1960 March 18 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC32. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ZURF Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 April 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC32. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ZURF Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 April 14 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Improved NH Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Improved NH Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 June 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1960 September 5 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC32. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ATBM Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 November 20 - . 23:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Elmendorf AFB. Launch Complex: Elmendorf AFB LCS. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 12 km (7 mi).

1960 November 29 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Last elevator launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1961 January 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 January 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: Johnston Island. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Certification - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: Johnston Island. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Certification - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 November 4 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Johnston Island. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • DOMINIC TIGHTROPE - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 24 km (14 mi).

1962 November 4 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Johnston Island. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • DOMINIC TIGHTROPE Nuclear test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 24 km (14 mi).

    This was a DOD sponsored live test of the Nike Hercules air defense missile system. The low-kiloton range W-31 warhead detonated at 21 km altitude 3 km SSW of Johnston Atoll. This was the last U.S. atmospheric test. On Johnston Island an intense white flash was accompanied by a strong heat pulse. A yellow-orange disc formed, slowly changing to a purple toroid which faded from view after several minutes.


1963 January 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1963 November 18 - . Launch Site: Elmendorf AFB. Launch Complex: Elmendorf AFB LCS. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1963 December 10 - . Launch Site: Elmendorf AFB. Launch Pad: Elmendorf S. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1964 January 6 - . Launch Site: Elmendorf AFB. Launch Complex: Elmendorf AFB LCS. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1964 January 21 - . Launch Site: Elmendorf AFB. Launch Complex: Elmendorf AFB LCS. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF (Last Anchorage?) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1964 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 March 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 January 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 November 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 August 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 February 10 - . Launch Site: Fort Wainwright. Launch Complex: Fort Wainwright LCP. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1970 Oct - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Oct - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Oct - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Oct - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Nov - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Nov - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Nov - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Nov - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 Nov - . Launch Site: Fort Bliss. Launch Complex: Fort Bliss MCG. LV Family: Nike Hercules. Launch Vehicle: Nike J.
  • Japan test - . Nation: USA. Agency: JDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 - . Launch Site: Fort Wainwright. Launch Complex: Fort Wainwright LCP. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hercules.
  • ASF (Last Fairbanks) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).


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