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MDA


American agency. Missile Defense Agency, USA.

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MDA Chronology


2002 November 14 - . 19:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF7632. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • GMDS - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 46 km (28 mi).

2002 November 25 - . 18:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF7632. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • GMDS test - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

2004 July 29 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • Arrow Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

2004 July 29 - . 17:25 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arrow. Launch Vehicle: Arrow 2. LV Configuration: Arrow 2 F12.
  • USFT-1 ATBM test - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2004 August 26 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arrow. Launch Vehicle: Arrow 2. LV Configuration: Arrow 2 F13.
  • USFT-2 ATBM test - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

2004 September 29 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SR19/SR19.
  • CMP-4A Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC; MDA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2004 October 6 - . Launch Site: Wake Island. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SR19/SR19.
  • CMP-4B Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC; MDA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2004 December 15 - . 06:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Vehicle: OBV. FAILURE: Launch abort; anti-ballistic missile never left silo..
  • IFT-13C Launch Abort - . Mass: 55 kg (121 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Launch abort - booster shut down in silo. Missile target, launched from Alaska, impacted in Pacific Ocean. Delayed from January, August, November, December 9 and 12. The failed attempt was later said to be due to a very minor software glitch which created a gap in the flow of electronic messages between the flight computer and the interceptor's thrust vector controller. Five flight tests of the system were scheduled for 2005, including at least two attempted intercepts. The IFT-13c test was expected to be repeated as early as mid-February. IFT-14 was planned for March or April.

2005 February 17 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Vehicle: OBV. FAILURE: Launch abort - booster shut down in silo..
  • IFT-14 launch attempt. - . Mass: 55 kg (121 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Delayed from October 2004. Missile Defense Technology / EKV Prototype planned intercept attempt. The interceptor failed to leave the silo. As in IFT-13C, Orbital Sciencesí booster, carrying Raytheonís production kill vehicle, was supposed to fly from Kwajalein and hit a target coming out of Kodiak, Alaska. The system shut itself down just a few seconds before launch. Arms that held the interceptor in the silo did not fully retract, and the launch software aborted the mission. MDA failure analysis resulted in a redesign of the launch mechanism and improved quality control.

2005 December 14 - . 03:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein Meck. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 4.
  • FT-1 EKV Prototype ABM test - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC; MDA. Apogee: 1,800 km (1,100 mi). Summary: Launch delayed from late 2004. Successful test of hit-to-kill anti-ballistic missile homer, although no target was intercepted..

2006 April 13 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SR19/SR19.
  • CMCM-1 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC; MDA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). A two-stage SR19 rocket was flown from the Kaui Test Facility in the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The payload included the deployment of complex countermeasures, a mock reentry vehicle, an onboard sensor package. This series of radar certification flight was initially part of the Block 2004 effort.

2006 April 28 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: SR19/SR19.
  • CMCM-2 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SMDC; MDA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). This countermeasures test was a repeat of the one held on April 13, 2006. MDA tested its radars in the Pacific Missile Test Facility in Hawaii against a target missile that carried countermeasures, a mock warhead, and an onboard sensor package. No interceptor missiles were used.

2006 September 1 - . 17:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 5.
  • FT-2 - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC; MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2007 September 28 - . 20:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LF23. Launch Pad: LF23?. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: OBV 6.
  • FTG-03a - . Nation: USA. Agency: OSC; MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi).

2007 December 3 - . 16:07 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Orion Sounding Rocket.
  • NCADE Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

2008 June 26 - . 02:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. Launch Vehicle: Castor 4B. LV Configuration: Castor 4B THAAD FTT-09 Target.
  • MRT-6 (Sep) - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

2008 December 5 - . 20:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Vehicle: OBV.
  • MDA FTG-05 - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Class: Military. Type: Anti-satellite system.

2009 March 25 - . 13:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Vehicle: Hera.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 June 6 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 June 13 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 July 22 - . 19:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. Launch Platform: C-17. Launch Vehicle: LRALT. LV Configuration: Launch vehicle surmised..
  • Arrow Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 August 11 - . 04:50 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9.
  • NASA 36.229DR - . Mass: 150 kg (330 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Summary: ABM target.

2009 September 16 - . 13:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera JASDF Target.
  • PAC-3 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 October 15 - . Launch Site: Fort Wingate. Launch Complex: Fort Wingate LC96. Launch Vehicle: Hera. LV Configuration: Hera ATM-48 Target.
  • PAC-2 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2009 December 11 - . Launch Site: Midway Island NDZ. Launch Vehicle: LRALT. LV Configuration: LRALT THAAD Target.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

2010 January 10 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9.
  • MARTI/36.247DR - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2010 January 31 - . 23:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. LV Configuration: LV-2.
  • FTG-06 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Target.

2010 January 31 - . 23:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Vehicle: OBV.
  • FTG-06 EKV - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 1,000 km (600 mi). Summary: Interceptor.

2010 February 3 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9.
  • ABL shoots down Black Brant target. - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). First test of the Airborne Laser against a ballistic rocket in flight. The Terrier Black Brant unguided sounding rocket was destroyed in flight off California. This target was used as a low-cost vehicle representative of foreign solid-propellant short-range missiles.

2010 February 12 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Pacific Ocean. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • ABL shoots down Scud target. - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). First test of the Airborne Laser against a foreign-technology missile target. The ABL destroyed the Scud liquid-fueled short-range ballistic missile launched from a mobile platform at sea. The entire engagement, including atmospheric compensation for the high-energy laser while the ballistic missile's rocket motor was still firing, occurred less than one minute from target launch.

2010 February 12 - . 04:44 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9.
  • ABL fails to shoot down second target on same mission. - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). Summary: First attempt to engage a second missile in a single mission by the Airborne Laser. A beam misalignment prompted a safe shutdown of the laser system earlier than planned and the Terrier Black Brant unguided sounding rocket was not destroyed..

2010 May 3 - . 09:47 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9. LV Configuration: Black Brant IX NASA 36.248DR.
  • MARTI ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2010 June 6 - . 22:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Vehicle: OBV. LV Configuration: GBI.
  • BVT-1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi). Summary: Test launch.

2010 June 29 - . 07:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands MLP. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • FTT-14 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi). Summary: ABM Target.

2010 September 1 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: R-17. Launch Vehicle: R-17. LV Configuration: Scud FMA.
  • RV - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: ABM target..

2010 October 21 - . 17:00 GMT - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9.
  • NASA 36.230DR - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: ABM target..

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