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Starbird

 

 

STARBIRD Fact Sheet

 

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

Classification: Research Rocket

 

Length: 57 feet

 

Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: December 18, 1990

 

Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: May 28, 1993

 

Number of Cape Canaveral Launches: 3

 

Starbird was a four-stage, solid fueled rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corporation in support of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative program. The suborbital rocket was designed to look like a ballistic missile in flight, so that strategic space, air and land-based assets could be tested to see if they could identify potential threats. The rocket had a range of about 300 miles.

 

 


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