Accession Number : ADA329052

Title :   Stars MDT-II Targets Mission,

Corporate Author : SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s) : Sims, Brent A. ; White, John E.

PDF Url : ADA329052

Report Date : 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 15

Abstract : The Strategic Target System (STARS) was launched successfully on August 31, 1996 from the Kauai Test Facility (KTF) at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF). The STARS II booster delivered a payload complement of 26 vehicles atop a post boost vehicle. These targets were designed and the mission planning was achieved to provide a dedicated mission for view by the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) Satellite Sensor Suite. Along with the MSX satellite, other corollary sensors were involved. Included in these were the Airborne Surveillance Test Bed (AST) aircraft, the Cobra Judy sea based radar platform, Kwajalein Missile Range (KMR), and the Kiernan Reentry Measurements Site (KREMS). The launch was a huge success from all aspects. The STARS booster flew a perfect mission from hardware, software and mission planning respects. The payload complement achieved its desired goals. All sensors (space, air, ship, and ground) attained excellent coverage and data recording.

Descriptors :   *REENTRY VEHICLES, *ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PAYLOAD, BOOST PHASE, FLIGHT PATHS, BOOSTER ROCKET ENGINES, MILITARY SATELLITES, SOLID PROPELLANT ROCKET ENGINES, POSTBOOST PROPULSION SYSTEMS.

Subject Categories : Guided Missiles
      Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE