Stars MDT-II Targets Mission,
SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM
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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.
- Guided Missiles
- Antimissile Defense Systems