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Bigen Island


Bigen Island, Aur Atoll, Marshall Islands, was a sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 2 launches in 1997, reaching up to 200 kilometers altitude.

Location: Aur Atoll, Marshall Islands.
Longitude: 171.0428 deg.
Latitude: 8.3646 deg.

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  • R-17 The final refinement of the R-11 design, the R-17, was exported widely and became infamous around the world by its ASCC reporting name - "Scud". It was perhaps the most famous ballistic missile of the post-war period due to its use in the Iran-Iraq 'War of the Cities' and the Gulf War. This was the definitive production version of what was essentially a storable-propellant rocket with the performance of the V-2. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • R-17 Russian short-range ballistic missile. The final refinement of the R-11 design, the R-17, was exported widely and became infamous around the world by its ASCC reporting name - "Scud". It was perhaps the most famous ballistic missile of the post-war period due to its use in the Iran-Iraq 'War of the Cities' and the Gulf War. This was the definitive production version of what was essentially a storable-propellant rocket with the performance of the V-2. The original design was by Makeyev but the missile itself was produced by the Votkinsk Machine Building Plant. More...

Bigen Island Chronology


1997 February 7 - . Launch Site: Bigen Island. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • Willow Dune Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1997 March 19 - . Launch Site: Bigen Island. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • Willow Dune Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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