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Starbird-4


Solid rocket stage. 88.00 kN (19,783 lbf) thrust. Mass 500 kg (1,102 lb).

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 500 kg (1,100 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 50 kg (110 lb).
Height: 1.20 m (3.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.70 m (2.29 ft).
Thrust: 88.00 kN (19,783 lbf).
Number: 13 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
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  • Castor-Orbus American sounding rocket. Vehicle consisting 1 x Castor + 1 x Orbus 1, sometimes augmented with a Recruit booster stage. More...
  • 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...
  • Orbus American target missile. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x GEM-40 + 1 x Orbus 1 + 1 x Orbus 1 More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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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