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Athena H
Part of Athena RTV Family
American test vehicle. Four stage vehicle consisting of 4 x Recruit + 1 x Castor 4 + 1 x Antares 2 + 1 x Alcor IA

Status: Retired 1974. First Launch: 1971-04-03. Last Launch: 1974-06-23. Number: 18 . Thrust: 422.00 kN (94,869 lbf). Gross mass: 14,000 kg (30,000 lb). Height: 18.60 m (61.00 ft). Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft). Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).



Family: test vehicle. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Green River, Wake Island. Stages: 23KS11000, Antares 2, 1.5KS35000, Castor 4. Agency: Atlantic Research.

1971 April 3 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). The first Athena H flight test missile was launched from Green River, Utah, to the White Sands Missile Range. Although the upper stages were inert, over 90 percent of the planned flight test objectives were achieved. .

1971 August 13 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • ADE-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). An Athena H rocket test vehicle, the second launched and the first with all three stages operating, successfully completed a flight over the Inland Range from Green River, Utah, to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. .

1972 March 17 - . 15:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • SAMAST 1B re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 281 km (174 mi).

    The third Athena H rocket was launched from the Green River, Utah, launch complex. The flight test completed qualification of the vehicle for operational use in the Advanced Ballistic Reentry Vehicle (ABRES) program managed by SAMSO's Deputy for Reentry Systems (RS).


1972 August 12 - . 09:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • RVTO-3B-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). The first operational flight of an Athena H configuration booster was made from Green River, Utah, to the White Sands Missile Range carrying an Advanced Ballistic Reentry Systems (ABRES) payload. .

1972 October 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • ABC-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 January 12 - . 08:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • RANT - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 January 12 - . 10:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • ABC-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 March 29 - . 15:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • RVTO-3B-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 March 29 - . 17:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • RVTO-3B-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 April 27 - . 04:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • RVTO-3B-4 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 August 24 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • ABC-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

    An Athena H missile was fired from the launch complex at Green River, Utah, carrying an Advanced Ballistic Reentry System (ABRES) payload. This was the 11th Athena H to be fired from Green River in support of the ABRES program and the 141st Athena to be launched from Green River since the beginning of the program in February 1964. Following this launch, the Green River complex was closed and Athena launch operations were transferred to Wake Island.


1974 February 13 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). The first-launch in the HAVE MILL program occurred; the launch vehicle was an Athena H, and the launch site was the Wake Island Launch Complex. .

1974 March 9 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 March 24 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 May 19 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 4 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 May 29 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 5 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 June 13 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 6 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974 June 23 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Athena RTV. Launch Vehicle: Athena H.
  • HAVE MILL 7 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

    An Athena H was launched from Wake Island in the HAVE MILL program, the Army Special Targets Program. This was the seventh Athena H launched in support of Army requirements and the final programmed use of the Athena H test missile by SAMSO*s Deputy for Reentry Systems.



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