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Terrier Oriole
Part of Oriole Family
American sounding rocket. SPACEHAB's Astrotech Space Operations developed the Oriole sounding rocket in the late 1990s to provide launch services for commercial and scientific payloads. Oriole was both the first privately developed sounding rocket in the United States and the first new U.S. sounding rocket in 25 years.

Status: Active. First Launch: 2000-07-07. Last Launch: 2015-02-24. Number: 25 . Thrust: 258.00 kN (58,000 lbf). Gross mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb). Height: 11.00 m (36.00 ft). Diameter: 0.56 m (1.83 ft). Apogee: 370 km (220 mi).

The Oriole was a single-stage vehicle with a graphite-epoxy motor manufactured by Alliant Missile Products Company of Rocket Center, West Virginia. It was 396 centimeters long, 56 centimeters in diameter, and generated an average thrust of 92.1 kN. The vehicle provided payloads with 6 to 9 minutes of microgravity during flight. Additionally, it could be combined with other motors to create two-stage sounding rockets (with the Oriole serving as the second stage.

On July 7, 2000, the first Oriole launch took place from NASA WFF. The launch used a two-stage configuration, with the Oriole serving as the second stage and a Terrier Mk 12 motor serving as the first stage. The Oriole sounding rocket reached a peak altitude of 385.6 kilometers 315 seconds after launch during the 10-minute test flight.

In July 2001, SPACEHAB's Astrotech Space Operations sold the Oriole program to DTI Associates of Arlington, Virginia, which integrates the vehicle and offers it commercially.


More at: Terrier Oriole.

Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Barking Sands. Stages: Oriole, X-256. Agency: DTI Associates.

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