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Athena RTV
Athena Rocket
Athena Rocket
Athena Sounding Rocket
American test vehicle. The Athena was designed to simulate the re-entry environment of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was one of the few examples of sustained interstate missile tests within the United States.

Status: Retired 1977. First Launch: 1964-02-10. Last Launch: 1977-03-20. Number: 142 . Thrust: 586.00 kN (131,738 lbf). Gross mass: 7,300 kg (16,000 lb). Height: 15.24 m (49.99 ft). Diameter: 0.79 m (2.59 ft). Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

The project was begun in February 1964 with the first of several hundred launches from Green River, Utah, to impact points in the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The vehicle would reach altitudes of over 300 km and peak velocities of 6700 m/s on a trajectory that would lead to impact 760 km from the launch point. By August 1965 85 flights had been completed in a series of 149 that was to run to 1969. The US Army ran the instrumented test range while the USAF Space and Missile Systems Organization was the program manager.

5 stage vehicle consisting of 2 x Recruit + 1 x Castor + 1 x Pedro + 1 x Alcor + 1 x Alcyone



Subtopics

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

Family: test vehicle. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Green River, Green River Pad 2, Green River Pad 1, Green River Pad 3. Stages: 1.5KS35000, Alcor, BE-3B1, Castor 1, TX-261-3. Agency: Atlantic Research. Bibliography: 2.

1962 May 2 - . LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • A letter contract was awarded to Atlantic Research Corporation for development and production of 77 Athena missiles for use in Ballistic Systems Division's subscale reentry - systems R&D. - .

1964 February 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF A001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

    The first Athena test missile was launched from Green River, Utah, toward the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. The Athena research rocket was designed for the support of the Advanced Ballistic Reentry Systems (ABRES) program. Subscale models of ballistic reentry vehicles would be flown on the Athenas to test reentry vehicle concepts and phenomena. This first missile only had two operational stages, and several system failures resulted in the premature impact of the missile some 11 miles from Durango, Colorado. This was the first of several hundred launches from Green River, Utah, to impact points in the US Army's White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The Athena was designed to simulate the re-entry environment of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was one of the few examples of sustained interstate missile tests within the United States.


1964 May 28 - . 23:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF A002 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1964 July 3 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • The first successful launch of an Athena test missile took place at Green River, Utah. The missile impacted on the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. - .

1964 July 8 - . 21:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF A003 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

1964 September 26 - . 02:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF C001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1964 October 4 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1964 November 6 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • The first successful launch of a fully instrumented, four-stage Athena missile was made at Green River, Utah. The missile, designed to test reentry vehicles, impacted on the White Sands Missile Range - .

1964 November 7 - . 03:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C004 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

1964 November 28 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF C003 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1964 December 5 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C002 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 January 15 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C006 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 February 2 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D003 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1965 February 12 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D002 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 February 16 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D008 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1965 June 22 - . 04:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN B002 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 June 22 - . 07:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 July 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B003 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 July 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF C007 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 July 26 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C011 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 July 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D005 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 July 31 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D004 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 August 3 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C014 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 August 7 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF C009 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 August 7 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C005 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 August 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C008 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 August 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D009 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 August 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D012 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 September 14 - . 05:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B004 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 September 14 - . 07:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D033 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 September 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D006 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 September 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C012 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 October 1 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B006 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 October 11 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C016 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 November 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D007 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 November 22 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN B007 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1965 December 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C017 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1965 December 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C023 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 January 21 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C025 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 February 3 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C030 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 February 17 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D014 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 March 31 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D019 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 March 31 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B009 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 May 12 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D018 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 May 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF C019 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 May 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D031 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 June 9 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF D021 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1966 June 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D023 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 June 23 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D034 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 July 14 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA C015 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 August 18 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B011 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 August 19 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF E001 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 September 1 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D029 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 September 2 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D025 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 September 22 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B015 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 October 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D024 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 October 7 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D049 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 October 13 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D036 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 October 13 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D035 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 November 7 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D039 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 November 7 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D041 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 November 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D020 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). For the first time, three Athena reentry test vehicles were launched from the Utah Launch Complex at Green River to the White Sands Missile Range in a single day. .

1966 November 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B017 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). For the first time, three Athena reentry test vehicles were launched from the Utah Launch Complex at Green River to the White Sands Missile Range in a single day. .

1966 November 11 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D047 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 December 15 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D038 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1966 December 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D042 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 February 9 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN B045 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1967 February 23 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D037 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 2 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA C048 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B012 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 17 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D051 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 17 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D040 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 30 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D046 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 30 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA C049 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 March 31 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF E002 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 April 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D043 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 April 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B031 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 April 12 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B020 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 May 4 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN D030 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1967 May 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B033 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 May 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B032 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 June 1 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B034 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 June 8 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D053 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 July 14 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D050 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 August 18 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D055 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 August 18 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF E003 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 August 24 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN D059 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1967 August 25 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D048 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 8 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D057 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 14 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D056 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 29 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA C051 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 29 - . 05:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D066 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 29 - . 07:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA C050 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 October 11 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B030 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 November 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D063 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 November 30 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B023 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 January 11 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B022 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 January 18 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B039 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 February 1 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B037 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 Mar - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • The 100th Athena missile was launched from the Green River launch complex in Utah to White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. - .

1968 March 21 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B046 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 March 28 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN B044 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 March 28 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D068 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 March 29 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA V114C re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 May 2 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN V116D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1968 May 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN D061 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1968 July 18 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USN B040 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1968 November 14 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V120B re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 November 15 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN D062 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 December 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF D045 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 December 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V137D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 December 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V136D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1968 December 13 - . 02:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USN V118D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 January 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • USAF V145D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1969 January 16 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V140D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 January 23 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B038 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). The Athena was designed to simulate the re-entry environment of an intercontinental ballistic missile and was one of the few examples of sustained interstate missile tests within the United States..

1969 February 13 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B043 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 March 27 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA V138D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 June 5 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF B036 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 June 6 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ARPA V132D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 June 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V119D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 June 26 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V142D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 September 10 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V147D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1969 September 25 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 2. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V130D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1970 April 23 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • USAF V141D re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). SAMSO resumed Athena test launches from the Utah Launch Complex at Green River, Utah, after a seven-month pause for remodeling the facilities so that the longer, heavier, improved Athena H test missile could be launched from them. .

1970 July 11 - . 08:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test. Impacted in Mexico. - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

    An Athena test missile launched from Green River, Utah, toward the White Sands Missile Range veered off course and landed some 200 miles inside Mexico. This led to a halt in Athena launches from Green River until the cause of the malfunction could be determined. Went off course and impacted in Mexico.


1971 January 8 - . 22:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 January 9 - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • After a six-month halt due to the 11 July 1970 malfunction, Athena testing was resumed from the Green River, Utah, complex. - .

1971 March 11 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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 April 19 - . 06:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 May 14 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 June 3 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 June 11 - . 05:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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. .

1971 August 20 - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 1. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1971 September 17 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Green River. Launch Complex: Green River Pad 3. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). The final Standard Athena rocket was launched from Green River, Utah. .

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 26 - . Launch Site: Green River. LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • The fifth Athena H vehicle was flown from the Green River, Utah, Launch Facility with an Advanced Ballistic Concepts (ABC)-2 payload. This mission was the first to employ the UNIVAC 1108 Computer. - . Related Persons: ABRES.

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).

1972 December 22 - . LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • Celesco Industries was issued a letter contract to activate an Athena launch complex on Wake Island and to launch 11 Athena H missiles in support of the HAVE MILL program. - . This program was managed by SAMSO's Deputy for Reentry Systems (RS) for the Army's Safeguard Systems Command (SAFSCOM)..

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.


1973 December 12 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1973 December 15 - . LV Family: Athena RTV.
  • The Wake Island Athena launch complex was activated for the HAVE MILL program. - .

1974 January 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • LRL ACS 11 X-ray Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974? - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1974? - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

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.


1975? - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • Re-entry vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1975 January 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • HEARTS II RV 106 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 March 9 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ABRES Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 March 27 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ABRES Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 April 2 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • MSV-1 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 April 25 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • ABRES Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia, USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 December 15 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • MSV-2 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1977 March 20 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Athena RTV.
  • MSV-3 re-entry vehicle test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

    The third and final flight of the MSV (materials screening vehicle) program was successfully launched on an Athena D booster from Wallops Flight Center, Virginia, through adverse weather. Three small reentry vehicles gathered data on nosetip materials and designs.



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