Sunday, December 7, 2008

More sprint ABM images

You may have noticed that my icon changed from Cadavre, to the Sprint missile. I may change back at some point, but I wanted to lend some support to my rocketry projects which have been revived considerably during the past year, when compared to the relative lull since 2004. Cadavre may return, but for now it is rocketry stuff. In the spirit of celebrating the new icon, please find below additional images of the Sprint rocket. I have added some basic information so that everyone can be on the same page. Check the link below for my first sprint post.

Sprint post from the archive.

Sprint info:

"It was a two stage rocket with a 1 KT Neutron bomb to take out the IRVs via explosive force and neutron flux. It worked up to 100,000 feet, and could hit more than mach 10. It was about 7,700 lbs, but took off with 650,000 lbs of thrust. Acceleration was 100 Gs." -R2K


Dick said...

Cool images. The last launch photo is really interesting. That's what I call a right turn!

Bob said...

Along with the Spartan missile, the two made up the Safeguard system.

The Spartan was the long range interceptor, range about 120 miles, while the Sprint was intended as a last ditch effort to take out an incoming ICBM.

I do recall Safeguard Mission Seven in April 1971, where the Sprint was considered to have met all mission requirements (even tho it missed by a quarter-mile), but the Spartan was not launched because "the rev missed the interceptor safety wedge by approx. 500 feet." The Spartan was to be launched at a later date against a space point target(thin air), using MI-7 trajectory data.

The target missile carrying the rev(reentry vehicle) was a Polaris launched north of Kwaj from the USS Observation Island, the only surface vessel able to surface launch a Polaris missile.

The USNS Wheeling, PMR's range safety ship, was on hand to beacon track the Polaris that carried the target rev, which in fact... did go where it was supposed to.

Fun days... good memories. Too bad so much if it can't be talked about.