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Barking Sands LC42


Polaris launch complex. PMR Pad

Longitude: -159.7727 deg.
Latitude: 22.0682 deg.
First Launch: 1993.02.26.
Last Launch: 1996.08.31.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • STARS 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. 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 LC42 Chronology


1993 February 26 - . 20:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC42. LV Family: Polaris. Launch Vehicle: STARS. LV Configuration: STARS FTU-1.
  • 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. LV Configuration: STARS M-1.
  • 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. LV Configuration: STARS M-2 STARS II.
  • 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. LV Configuration: STARS M-3 STARS II.
  • ODES/MSX MDT-2 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SDC. Apogee: 909 km (564 mi).

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