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Castor 4A
American sounding rocket. Vehicle consisting 1 x Castor + 1 x Orbus 1, sometimes augmented with a Recruit booster stage.

AKA: Castor-Orbus. Status: Retired 1997. First Launch: 1992-10-16. Last Launch: 1992-10-16. Number: 1 . Thrust: 430.00 kN (96,660 lbf). Gross mass: 13,500 kg (29,700 lb). Height: 16.00 m (52.00 ft). Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft). Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).



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Maxus The MAXUS microgravity program was a collaboration between Sweden and Germany. The single-stage vehicle developed for the program used a Castor 4B motor, the largest fired from Western Europe.

Prospector sounding rocket American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

MRT American target vehicle. Orbital Sciences designates its version using the Castor-4B motor as the Medium-Range Target.

Castor-4B M-57A American all solid propellant suborbital launch vehicle.

Castor-Orbus 1 American sounding missile. 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Castor 4A + 1 x Orbus 1

Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wake Island, Nevada Test Site, Nevada Test Site Area 26. Stages: 1.5KS35000, Castor 1, Orbus 1. Bibliography: 2, 8210.

1991 May 8 - . 03:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus. FAILURE: Failed..
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: SSC. Apogee: 157 km (97 mi).

    Microgravity experiments. Recovered, although it reached only a fraction of the planned altitude. The MAXUS sounding rocket program began in 1989 and the first launch took place in 1991.The program was a joint venture between the Swedish Space Corporation and the German space company EADS-ST. The Maxus program was financed by ESA. The scientific objective was to perform experiments during 12-13 minutes of microgravity (10-4 g) using a single stage sounding rocket motor. The motor, a Castor 4B, had a maximum acceleration of 13 g, a top speed of 3500 m/sec and reached an apogee of around 750 km depending on the payload mass.


1991 June 18 - . 11:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC20. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Prospector sounding rocket. FAILURE: Failure..
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi). Material and biological experiments..

1992 October 16 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4A. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1992 November 8 - . 10:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR, SSC. Apogee: 717 km (445 mi). Microgravity experiments. Relaunch of the Maxu 1 mission..

1995 November 28 - . 09:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR, SSC. Apogee: 705 km (438 mi).

1996 July 15 - . 18:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 317 km (196 mi).

1997 February 22 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1997 March 1 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1998 November 24 - . 09:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Biological/Physics mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA, SSC. Apogee: 713 km (443 mi).

2001 April 29 - . 11:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA, SSC. Apogee: 705 km (438 mi).

2003 April 1 - . 06:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Maxus 5 Microgravity mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA, SSC. Apogee: 701 km (435 mi). Suborbital microgravity payload. Launch delayed from 31 March..

2004 November 22 - . 08:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Microgravity mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA, SSC. Apogee: 706 km (438 mi).

2005 April 8 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 22.0 N x 175.0 W. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • RRF - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2005 August 4 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • CMCM-1-F1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

2005 August 18 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B.
  • CMCM-1-F2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi).

2005 November 18 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • SMD FTM04-2 MRT-1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2006 May 2 - . 06:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • Maxus 7 - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESA, SSC. Apogee: 702 km (436 mi).

    Suborbital microgravity mission. Kaiser-Threde developed a new payload service system for MAXUS 7, providing 2 independent TV-links with 2 high power HF transmitters and GPS. The recovery system was a BAL ORSA system, modified by Kaiser-Threde, including parachute from DLR.


2006 June 22 - . 22:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • SMD FTM-10 MRT-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2007 June 23 - . 02:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • SMD FTM-12 MRT-3? - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2007 November 15 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 December 17 - . 22:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-5 MBRV-3? Sep - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2008 June 26 - . 02:16 GMT - . Launch Pad: Pacific Ocean, 22 N x 175 W. Launch Platform: C-17. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-6 (Sep) - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2008 October 30 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-7 Japan SM-3 Tgt - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2009 October 28 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-8 (Sep MRT) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2010 March 26 - . 13:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • SSC MAXUS 8 - . Nation: Sweden. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi). Microgravity payload.

2010 October 29 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • MRT-9 (Sep MRT) - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).
  • MRT-9 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). ABM target. Successful intercept..

2012 June 27 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: MRT.
  • FTM-18 Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Target mission..
  • Sep Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: US Army. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2017 April 7 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Castor 4A. Launch Vehicle: Maxus.
  • MAXUS 9 - . Nation: Sweden. Type: Microgravity. Apogee: 678 km (421 mi). Microgravity mission. Impacted in ESRANGE B zone..


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