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STARS
Part of Polaris Family
American test vehicle. Three stage target vehicle for anti-ballistic missile tests, consisting of a surplus Polaris A3 SLBM (A3P first stage + X-260 second stage) and an Orbus 1 third stage.

Status: Active. First Launch: 1993-02-26. Last Launch: 2014-08-25. Number: 15 . Gross mass: 16,700 kg (36,800 lb). Height: 11.50 m (37.70 ft). Diameter: 1.37 m (4.49 ft). Apogee: 2,500 km (1,500 mi).

Sandia National Laboratories began development of the vehicle in 1985 as an alternative to existing test vehicles using Minuteman 1 surplus rocket stages. The STARS I configuration could boost as single simulated warhead. STARS II added the ODES (Operations and Deployment Experiments Simulator) fourth stage, which simulated the post-boost vehicle of an ICBM and could dispense decoys or multiple simulated warheads.

Maximum range: 5,500 km (3,400 mi).


More at: STARS.

Family: test vehicle. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Barking Sands, Barking Sands LC42, Kodiak. Stages: A3P-1, Orbus 1, X-260. Agency: Lockheed.

1993 February 26 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • FTU-1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SDC. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

1993 August 25 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • Zodiac Beauchamp Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SDC. Apogee: 900 km (550 mi).

1994 July 22 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • ODES - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

1996 August 31 - . 15:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • ODES/MSX MDT-2 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SDC. Apogee: 909 km (564 mi).

2001 November 9 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS. FAILURE: Failure.
  • BMDO Radar Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2004 December 15 - . 04:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • IFT-13c Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Target for ballistic missile defence intercept test. Launch successful, but anti-ballistic missile that was to intercept it never left silo. Impacted in Pacific Ocean. Delayed from January, August, November, December 9 and 12.

2005 February 14 - . 06:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • IFT-14 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2006 February 23 - . 16:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • GMD FT04-1 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2006 September 1 - . 17:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • GMD FTG-02 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2007 May 25 - . 14:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS. FAILURE: Failure.
  • GMD FTG-03 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2007 September 28 - . 20:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • GMD FTG-03a Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2008 July 18 - . 21:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. Launch Complex: Kodiak. Launch Pad: LP2. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • GMD FTX-03 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: SMDC. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2008 December 5 - . 20:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • MDA FTG-05 Target - . Nation: USA. Class: Military. Type: Anti-satellite system target.

2011 November 17 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • AHW Flight 1A - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Advanced Hypersonic Weapon test. The boost-glide vehicle reentered the atmosphere over the Pacific and flew a long hypersonic glide trajectory to the Kwajalein Island impact area..

2014 August 25 - . 08:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS.
  • AHW FT2 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi). Military hypersonic glide test failure. This was a US Army mission from a converted Polaris missile launched from Kodiak, Alaska. The missile went off course and was destroyed shortly after launch..


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