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Western Test Range DZ


Air-launched rocket drop zone known to have been used for 5 launches from 1984 to 1986, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude.

Longitude: -123.0000 deg.
Latitude: 35.0000 deg.

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  • ASAT American anti-satellite missile. The ASAT air-launched anti-satellite missile was developed by Vought in response to a 1977 Air Force requirement for a missile that could be launched from an F-15A fighter yet was capable of intercepting and destroying enemy satellites in low earth orbit. Four of five tests were successful before the program was cancelled in 1988. More...

Western Test Range DZ Chronology


1984 January 21 - . 18:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Western Test Range DZ. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: F-15. Launch Vehicle: ASAT.
  • ASAT Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Successful test of the missile and control system, but conducted without the miniature homing vehicle..

1984 November 13 - . Launch Site: Western Test Range DZ. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: F-15. Launch Vehicle: ASAT.
  • ASAT Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Failed test; minitaure homing vehicle was to home on a selected star..

1985 September 13 - . Launch Site: Western Test Range DZ. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: F-15. Launch Vehicle: ASAT.
  • First US ASAT intercept - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). Summary: Successful ASAT intercept test; rammed and destroyed the Solwind P78-1 satellite..

1986 August 22 - . Launch Site: Western Test Range DZ. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: F-15. Launch Vehicle: ASAT.
  • ASAT Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Successful test; minitaure homing vehicle homed on the selected star..

1986 September 30 - . 10:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Western Test Range DZ. Launch Pad: 35.0 N x 120.0 W. Launch Platform: F-15. Launch Vehicle: ASAT.
  • ASAT Test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Successful test; minitaure homing vehicle homed on the selected star..

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