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Terrier Orion
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Terrier Orion
Terrier Orion
American two-stage, spin-stabilized sounding rocket. It used a Terrier Mk 12 Mod 1 engine for its first stage and an improved Orion motor for its second stage. The Terrier-Orion could loft payloads weighing up to 290 kilograms to altitudes up to 190 kilometers.

Status: Active. First Launch: 1997-05-23. Last Launch: 2015-10-20. Number: 33 . Thrust: 258.00 kN (58,000 lbf). Gross mass: 1,300 kg (2,800 lb). Height: 12.80 m (41.90 ft). Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft). Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

The Terrier Mk Mod 1 was a surplus U.S. Navy missile motor; Orion was a surplus U.S. Army missile motor. The Terrier-Orion was 10.7 meters long. The Terrier stage was 46 centimeters in diameter, and the Orion was 36 centimeters in diameter. Payload 159 kg to 190 km or 290 kg to 115 km.

A more powerful version of the Terrier-Orion rocket used the Terrier Mk 70 motor as its first stage. This version was used for two FAA/AST-licensed suborbital launches performed by Astrotech Space Operations/DTI at the Woomera Instrumented Range in Australia in 2001 and 2002. The second flight, in July 2002, successfully flew the HyShot scramjet engine experiment. DTI Associates of Arlington, Virginia, now markets and offers integration services for the Terrier-Orion after purchasing all intellectual property rights to the rocket from SPACEHAB in July 2001.



Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, White Sands, Poker Flat, Woomera, Andoya, Barking Sands, Kiruna. Stages: Orion engine, X-256. Agency: Convair.

1997 May 23 - . 21:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • MSX? Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, SMDC. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2002 June 5 - . 10:43 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
2002 June 5 - . 11:13 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
2002 July 1 - . 23:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • MM-MW-08 MacWAVE Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

2002 July 5 - . 00:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • MM-MW-23 MacWAVE Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

2002 November 20 - . 01:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • VALPE (fairing) test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 135 km (83 mi).

2003 January 24 - . 20:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • MacWAVE Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

2003 January 28 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • MacWAVE Plasma / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

2003 August 20 - . 11:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
2004 April 16 - . 16:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Dummy Scramjet - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

2004 November 24 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion. FAILURE: Failure.
2005 February 2 - . 20:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, NAWC. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

2005 March 1 - . 23:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, NAWC. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

2005 March 2 - . 21:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, NAWC. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

2005 December 10 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • FASTT Scramjet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA, NASA. Apogee: 19 km (11 mi).

2005 December 20 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Water recovery test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

2007 February 14 - . 09:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • HEX-II V-1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2007 February 14 - . 09:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • HEX-II V-2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2007 February 14 - . 09:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • HEX-II V-3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

2007 April 26 - . 21:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • FTM-11 Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 June 15 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia, USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 June 15 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia, USN. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

2007 November 6 - . 04:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • PAC-2 target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi). A Standard Missile-3 was launched from the Aegis cruiser CG 70 USS Lake Erie in a Missile Defense Agency ballistic missile flight test. This was a successful multiple simultaneous engagement involving two ballistic missile targets..

2007 November 6 - . 04:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • PAC-2 target - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

2009 May 7 - . Launch Site: Woomera. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • HiFire-0 - . Nation: Australia. Agency: DSTO. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi). Hypersonic.

2009 May 28 - . 16:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.080NR - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Hypersonic.

2009 June 26 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.083UO - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi). Education.

2009 July 31 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Target.

2009 July 31 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi). Target.

2009 December 17 - . 03:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.086UO - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Airglow.

2015 January 26 - . 09:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.111UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmospheric science payload..

2015 January 26 - . 09:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • NASA 41.112UE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi). Atmospheric science payload..

2015 October 20 - . Launch Site: South Uist. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Orion.
  • Aegis Target - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). US Navy missile defense test carried out in the Hebrides Range in Scotland. The target Terrier Orion rocket launched from the island of South Uist was the first exoatmospheric rocket launch from UK territory since 1982..


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