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Spartan ABM-1


Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 5,000 kg. Thrust 2,000.00 kN.

AKA: Spartan TX-500.
Status: Retired 1975.
Gross mass: 5,000 kg (11,000 lb).
Height: 4.90 m (16.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.09 m (3.57 ft).
Thrust: 2,000.00 kN (449,600 lbf).

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Spartan American anti-ballistic missile evolved from the Nike Zeus and designed to intercept ICBM warheads in space. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x TX-500 + 1 x TX-454 + 1 x TX-239 solid propellant motors. Nearly as large and just as costly as the missiles it was designed to intercept. After 20 years of development, deployment was limited by arms agreements, and 30 were only briefly in service in 1975-1976. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, USA. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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