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Super Strypi (SPARK)

Super Strypi (SPARK) [Sandia National Labs]

Super Strypi, also known as SPARK (Space-borne Payload Assist Rocket - Kauai), is planned small satellite launch vehicle developed by Sandia National Laboratories, the University of Hawaii and Aerojet. The rocket is deceloped under the or LEONIDAS (Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System) program and is based on an enlarged version of Sandia's Strypi sounding rocket.

The all solid fueled vehicle uses a GEM-46 (LEO-46) motor of Delta-2H heritage as first stage. A Orbus-7S (LEO-7) motor acts as second stage and a Star-30BP (Spark-30) or an Orbus-1 (LEO-1) as third stage. It is spin and fin stabilized during first stage burn and has attitude control for the two upper stages. The low cost rocket will be launched from a rail launcher and can put a payload of 250 kg into a 400 km sun-synchronous orbit.

The Super Strypi vehicle will be launched from the rebuilt Kokole Point rail-launcher (LP-41) at Barking Sands, Kauai (Pacific Missile Range Facility) with a maiden launch planned for 2014.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Super Strypi (SPARK) GEM-46 (LEO-46) Orbus-7S (LEO-7) Star-30BP (Spark-30)
Super Strypi (SPARK) GEM-46 (LEO-46) Orbus-7S (LEO-7) Orbus-1 (LEO-1)
Performance (kg) LEO LPEO SSO GTO GEO MolO IP
SPARK 250 - - - -
No:             Type           Date          LS              Payload


planned launches:

 1    1         Super-Strypi   xx.11.2014    Ku LP-41        HiakaSat / ORS Squared / Argus / EDSN 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / PrintSat
 2    2         Super-Strypi   xx.xx.201x    Ku LP-41        ?

Launch sites:

Ku  = Kauai Test Facility (KTF) (Pacific Missile Range Facility), Barking Sands, Kauai, USA USA/ LP-41