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White Sands SULF


Storm launch complex. The SULF complex was located at the northwest end of the range and was equipped with a blockhouse, ordnance assembly building, three launchers, and a 30-m long environmental shelter. This complex was used to launch anti-ballistic missile targets (generally composed of surplus Minuteman ICBM motors) and to launch technology demonstrations or unique science and engineering payloads into sub-orbital trajectories.

Longitude: -106.7364 deg.
Latitude: 33.7212 deg.
First Launch: 1992.01.17.
Last Launch: 1995.12.13.
Number: 9 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Storm American target missile. Two-stage Orbital Sciences vehicle used as targets in THAAD anti-ballistic missile tests. Consisted of a Sergeant first stage and Minuteman third stage as second stage. Twelve were launched January 1992 - December 1995. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...

White Sands SULF Chronology


1992 January 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm. LV Configuration: Storm S1.
  • BTTV-1 Validation test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1992 June 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm. LV Configuration: Storm S2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • BTTV-2 Validation test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1993 February 5 - . 16:24 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm. LV Configuration: Storm S3.
  • BTTV-3 Validation test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1993 October 8 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm.
  • BTTV-4 PAC-2 Target Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1993 December 17 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm.
  • MTTV-1 ERINT Demo Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1994 February 15 - . 16:18 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm.
  • BTTV-7 ERINT GTF-3 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1995 February 7 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm. LV Configuration: Storm S9.
  • BTTV-8 THAAD Demo Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1995 October 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm. LV Configuration: Storm S11.
  • BTTV-9 THAAD Target Target mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1995 December 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands SULF. Launch Vehicle: Storm.
  • BTTV-10 THAAD Target Target mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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