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HIBEX


American anti-ballistic missile. Hibex was a 5.2 m long test vehicle used by the Army in a series of research experiments investigating high performance missile boosters. During mid-1960's experimental flights at White Sands, Hibex was fired successfully from underground cells and above-ground launch sites.

The HIBEX program was part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency's Project Defender, a study of ballistic missile defense systems. HIBEX was designed for low level intercept of entry vehicles below 3 km altitude within 2 seconds of launch. Hibex' neutron-generating warhead would disable the fissile core of the incoming enemey re-entry vehicle. It would also kill all living things within a 5 km radius of detonation. This concept was further developed into the production Sprint missile for close-in anti-ballistic missile defense. Launch data is: incomplete.

Status: Retired 1966.
Gross mass: 6,000 kg (13,200 lb).
Height: 5.20 m (17.00 ft).
Diameter: 1.22 m (4.00 ft).
Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).
First Launch: 1965.02.01.
Last Launch: 1966.01.13.
Number: 10 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Boeing American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Aerospace, Seattle, USA. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...
  • White Sands LC50 Sprint, HIBEX launch complex. West Center 50 was located in the central portion of the range near Rhodes Canyon. The facility included a hardened blockhouse to accommodate test of Sprint short-range anti-ballistic missiles without a destruct charge. The only missiles (with the possible exception of a HIBEX) that were ever launched from LC50 were Sprints (except for other small missile launched from there in later years). LC-50 was a mound built up in the desert with a ramp up to it coming from the south-southwest. The mound originally had three launch cells. One was destroyed by an explosion of FLA-3 in the cell. It was fenced and locked. More...

Associated Stages

HIBEX Chronology


1965 February 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 February 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 April 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 May 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 September 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 October 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Complex: White Sands LC50. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • HIBEX test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1965 December 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX.
  • - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 January 13 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HIBEX. LV Configuration: HIBEX 10.
  • 10 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA; DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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