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USAF SM
American agency overseeing development of spacecraft. Air Force Space and Missiles Command, USA.

AKA: USAF.



Country: USA. Spacecraft: ARGOS.

1996 July 9 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: Aries.
  • TBM tracking test target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

    The Airborne Interceptor Experiment) was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of intercepting enemy theater ballistic missiles during early-boost. The Aries Target Launch Vehicle was launched from Wallops Island, flying a boost trajectory similar to a real theater ballistic missile. The missile was detected and tracked by Air Force F-15s, Navy F-14s, an Air Force infrared sensor tracking platform and by fleet surface ships of the US Atlantic Command. The data collected was used to develop an air-launched anti-ballistic missile system.


1999 February 23 - . 10:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC2W. LV Family: Thor. Launch Vehicle: Delta 7920-10.
  • ARGOS - . Payload: P91-1. Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Manufacturer: Seal Beach. Class: Technology. Type: Ion engine technology satellite. Spacecraft: ARGOS. USAF Sat Cat: 25634 . COSPAR: 1999-008A. Apogee: 836 km (519 mi). Perigee: 821 km (510 mi). Inclination: 98.9000 deg. Period: 101.50 min. ARGOS was a USAF Space Test Program P91-1 technology satellite, equipped with an ion engine, ionosphere, x-ray, and dust detectors. Much delayed, it finally was placed into orbit on the eleventh (!) launch attempt..

1999 September 15 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: ait. Launch Vehicle: Castor-M57A1.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Apogee: 1,060 km (650 mi).

2001 March 19 - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: M56A1.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Apogee: 163 km (101 mi).

2002 April 24 - . Launch Site: Kodiak. LV Family: Minuteman. Launch Vehicle: M56A1.
  • Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SM. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).


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