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F-15
Mach 2 rocket launch aircraft. McDonnell Interceptor-cropped delta. Maximum release conditions: 545 kg (2.0 m length x 0.5 m wingspan) at 2,580 kph at 11,582 m altitude (ASAT).

Status: In Production. Payload: 545 kg (1,201 lb). Thrust: 127.72 kN (28,713 lbf). Gross mass: 16,921 kg (37,304 lb). Unfuelled mass: 11,833 kg (26,087 lb). Specific impulse: 1,552 s. Specific impulse sea level: 1,411 s. Burn time: 7,000 s. Height: 19.45 m (63.81 ft). Diameter: 5.67 m (18.60 ft). Span: 13.04 m (42.78 ft). Location: 715.

Cost $ : 42.750 million. No Engines: 2. Release velocity: 715 m/s (2,345 ft/sec). Release altitude: 12 m (38 ft). Release angle: 80 deg. Release conditions: 2,580 kph at 11.6 km.

Country: USA. Engines: F100-100. Launch Vehicles: Blue Sparrow, Silver Sparrow. Propellants: Air/Kerosene. More at: 9660.



2013 September 3 - . 06:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Mediterranean sea. Launch Complex: F-15. Launch Platform: F-15D. LV Family: Black Sparrow missile series. Launch Vehicle: Silver Sparrow.
  • Radar target - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

    ABM Target. First Silver Sparrow target missile on a suborbital flight from an F-15 airplane over the Mediterranean Sea. Launched eastward towards the Israeli coast, for tests of Israeli missile defense radars. The flight's detection by Russian tracking systems led to some initial public consternation until the mission was acknowledged by Israel.


2014 September 9 - . Launch Site: Mediterranean Sea. Launch Complex: F-15. LV Family: Black Sparrow missile series. Launch Vehicle: Blue Sparrow.
  • Sparrow Target - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). ABM test target. Missile defense test using a Blue Sparrow missile which is thought to fly a slightly exoatmospheric trajectory, although the Arrow 2 interceptor itself would not have left the atmosphere..

2014 December 16 - . Launch Site: Mediterranean Sea. Launch Complex: F-15. LV Family: Black Sparrow missile series. Launch Vehicle: Blue Sparrow.
  • Target - . Nation: Israel. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Israeli target missile launched over the Mediterranean. It was not clear which of the Blue/Black/Sliver Sparrow family was used. Launch of the Arrow 3 missile meant to intercept it was scrubbed..


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