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Taurus Nike Tomahawk
Part of Tomahawk Family
Taurus Nike Tomahawk
Taurus Nike Tomahawk
Taurus Nike Tomahawk TNT
Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Taurus (Honest John motor) + 1 x Nike + 1 x Tomahawk. Payload 32 kg to 700 km or 125 kg to 400 km.

AKA: Taurus Tomahawk Nike. Status: Retired 1991. First Launch: 1983-09-01. Last Launch: 1991-12-06. Number: 17 . Thrust: 457.00 kN (102,737 lbf). Gross mass: 2,200 kg (4,800 lb). Height: 15.30 m (50.10 ft). Diameter: 0.58 m (1.90 ft). Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

Payload: 27 kg (59 lb) to a 590 km altitude.



Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Poker Flat, Kwajalein, Kwajalein RN, Wallops Island LA2, Sonde Stromfjord. Stages: M5E1, Taurus engine, TE-416. Agency: NASA Wallops.

1983 September 1 - . 22:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1983 December 14 - . 19:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1984 April 2 - . 07:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1984 August 1 - . 04:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • SPINEX 1 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 423 km (262 mi).

1985 November 20 - . 10:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRRES Test Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1986 April 28 - . 01:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • SPINEX 2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 420 km (260 mi).

1986 May 13 - . 07:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CVE Sr Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 547 km (339 mi).

1987 March 5 - . 06:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 March 31 - . 04:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • COPE II Super 1 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 467 km (290 mi).

1987 March 31 - . 04:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • COPE II Super 2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 441 km (274 mi).

1988 July 27 - . 05:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1990 August 11 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRRES AA-5 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 375 km (233 mi).

1990 August 15 - . 08:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRRES AA-6 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 428 km (265 mi).

1990 August 15 - . 08:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRRES Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 440 km (270 mi).

1990 August 22 - . 08:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • CRRES Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 440 km (270 mi).

1991 December 6 - . 00:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • RED AIR 2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 346 km (214 mi).

1991 December 6 - . 01:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Nike Tomahawk.
  • RED AIR 2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 346 km (214 mi).


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