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Orbus



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GBI
Credit: Boeing / Rocketdyne
American target missile. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x GEM-40 + 1 x Orbus 1 + 1 x Orbus 1

Failures: 1. Success Rate: 66.67%. First Fail Date: 2001-12-13. Last Fail Date: 2001-12-13. Launch data is: continuing.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 14,000 kg (30,000 lb).
Height: 15.50 m (50.80 ft).
Diameter: 1.02 m (3.34 ft).
Thrust: 500.00 kN (112,400 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 2001.08.31.
Last Launch: 2004.01.09.
Number: 3 .

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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...
  • HSV American manufacturer of rockets. , USA. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...

Associated Stages
  • GEM 40 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 13,064/1,361 kg. Thrust 492.93 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 274 seconds. More...
  • Starbird-4 Solid rocket stage. 88.00 kN (19,783 lbf) thrust. Mass 500 kg (1,102 lb). More...

Orbus Chronology


2001 August 31 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF21. Launch Vehicle: Orbus. LV Configuration: GBI BV-2.
  • GMDS BVT-2 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFMC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2001 December 13 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF21. Launch Vehicle: Orbus. LV Configuration: GBI BV-3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • GMDS BVT-3 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSPC. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

2004 January 9 - . 18:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF21. Launch Vehicle: Orbus. LV Configuration: GBI BV-5.
  • GMDS BVT-5 'BV+' test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSPC. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Dummy EKV payload. Launch delayed from August, September, and December 18, 2003. Booster Verification Test -5 tested a three-stage booster configuration for use with the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense System. Built by Lockheed Martin Corp., the booster was one of two slated for use with the GMD system. The system was designed to intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles.

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