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American target missile. The ait vehicles were developed to support the USAF Airborne Intercept Technology program. They consisted of a Minuteman SR19AJ1 first stage (the basic ait version) or Thiokol Castor IVB first stage (designated ait-2), and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage. A front-end module housed the payloads, the control system, GPS, and inertial guidance electronics.

The payload was accomodated in a 96.5 cm fairing and could be oriented post-boost using an 8500 N-sec cold gas orientation system.

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: continuing.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 12,000 kg (26,000 lb).
Height: 10.00 m (32.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.32 m (4.33 ft).
Thrust: 267.00 kN (60,023 lbf).
Apogee: 750 km (460 mi).
First Launch: 1998.11.06.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • ait The ait vehicles were developed to support the USAF Airborne Intercept Technology program. They consisted of a Minuteman SR19AJ1 first stage (the basic ait version) or Thiokol Castor IVB first stage (designated ait-2), and a Minuteman II M57A1 second stage. A front-end module housed the payloads, the control system, GPS, and inertial guidance electronics. More...
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • OSC American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Orbital Sciences Corporation, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kodiak In January 1998, the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation began building a commercial spaceport at Narrow Cape on Kodiak Island, about 400 km south of Anchorage and 40 km southwest of the City of Kodiak. Kodiak Island was advertised as one of the best locations in the world for polar launch operations, providing a wide launch azimuth and unobstructed downrange flight path. More...

Associated Stages
  • Hera-2 Solid rocket stage. 76.00 kN (17,085 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,900 kg (4,189 lb). More...
  • Minuteman 2-2 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 7,032/795 kg. Thrust 267.70 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 287.5 seconds. Second stage of Minuteman 2. Used as second stage of Minotaur launch vehicle and various SDI targets in 1980's. More...

ait Chronology


1998 November 6 - . 01:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: ait. Launch Vehicle: ait.
  • ait-1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF; OSC. Apogee: 715 km (444 mi).

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