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Barking Sands POA


Standard-ER launch complex. Pacific Ocean launch area, off Kauai

Longitude: -159.7770 deg.
Latitude: 22.0580 deg.
First Launch: 1999.09.24.
Last Launch: 2007.12.17.
Number: 18 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Standard SM-2ER Block IV American surface-to-air missile. Extended-range surface-to-air missile for use by AEGIS naval vessels. A version with lower tier anti-missile capability against tactical ballistic missiles was tested but not put into production. More...
  • Standard SM-3 American surface-to-air missile with anti-ballistic missile capability using the LEAP homing vehicle for use by AEGIS naval vessels. Modification for anti-satellite use demonstrated in 2008. 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...

Barking Sands POA Chronology


1999 September 24 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-67. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 CTV-1A.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2000 July 1 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTR-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aegis LEPI test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2001 January 26 - . 04:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 Aegis FTR-1A.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2002 January 26 - . 02:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 Aegis FM-2.
  • SDACS Intercept - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2002 June 14 - . 01:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 LEAP FM-3.
  • Aegis FM-3 Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2002 November 22 - . 00:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 LEAP FM-4.
  • Stellar Viper test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi).

2003 June 18 - . 23:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 LEAP FM-5.
  • Aegis 4 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2003 December 11 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 LEAP FM-6.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

2005 February 24 - . 21:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM 04-1.
  • Stellar Dragon - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2005 November 18 - . 18:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM 04-2.
  • Stellar Valkyrie - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2006 March 8 - . 08:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 JCTV-1.
  • Japanese RV - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2006 May 24 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-2ER Block IV.
  • Pacific Phoenix - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2006 June 22 - . 22:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-67. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM-10.
  • Stellar Predator - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2007 April 26 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-2ER Block IV. LV Configuration: Standard SM-2 Aegis FTM-11 (2-3A).
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2007 April 26 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM-11.
  • FTM-11 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 June 23 - . 02:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: DDG-73. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM-12.
  • FTM-12 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 November 7 - . 04:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM-13b.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 November 7 - . 04:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: CG-70. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 FTM-13a.
  • Stellar Gryphon - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 December 17 - . 22:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. Launch Platform: DDG-173. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-3. LV Configuration: SM-3 JFTM-1.
  • Japanese test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2008 June 5 - . 18:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-2ER Block IV. LV Configuration: SM-2-IV Aegis FTM-14.
  • Sea-Based Terminal - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 19 km (11 mi).

2008 June 5 - . 18:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-2ER Block IV. LV Configuration: SM-2-IV Aegis FTM-14.
  • Sea-Based Terminal - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 19 km (11 mi).

2009 October 28 - . 04:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands POA. LV Family: Standard-ER. Launch Vehicle: Standard SM-2ER Block IV. LV Configuration: SM-3 Aegis JFTM-3.
  • Stellar Raicho - . Nation: USA. Agency: JMSDF. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

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