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Terrier Mk.70 Improved Malemute

Terrier Mk.70 Improved Malemute

The Terrier Improved Malemute (also known as Terrier Patriot during early development) is a two-stage, unguided, fin stabilized rocket system which utilizes two surplus motors: a Terrier Mk.70 first stage booster and a Improved Malemute (surplus Patriot) rocket motor for the second stage propulsion.

A Terrier-Improved Malemute motor stack was evaluated for use based on the recent availability to the SRPO of a new surplus upper stage motor. This vehicle showed promise as an enhancement to the existing fleet with a performance close to the single stage Black Brant V. Payloads between 272 and 544 kg can be launched to altitudes of 150 to 300 km. This vehicle, which features reduced wind sensitivity and smaller impact dispersions, is well suited for hypersonic research, re-entry test flights and other missions with high Mach number requirements.

Vehicle Stage 1 Stage 2
Terrier Mk.70 Improved Malemute (Terrier Mk.70 Patriot) Terrier Mk.70 (TX-664) Improved Malemute (TX-486-1)
Nr  TypeNr   Vehicle                  Date             LS             Payload

xxx     1    Terrier Impr. Malemute   27.03.2010  *    WI LA-1 AML    NASA 12.067GT / ADAMASat / CP1U
xxx     2    Terrier Impr. Malemute   11.01.2012  *    WI             NASA 12.074GT
xxx     3    Terrier Impr. Malemute   27.03.2012  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 46.002UE (ATREX 2)
xxx     4    Terrier Impr. Malemute   27.03.2012  *    WI LA-1 AML    NASA 46.003UE (ATREX 4)
xxx     5    Terrier Impr. Malemute   21.09.2012  *    WI LA-2 ARC    NASA 46.004GO (RockSat-X 2)
xxx     6    Terrier Impr. Malemute   07.05.2013  *    RN             NASA 46.001UE (EVEX)
xxx     7    Terrier Impr. Malemute   13.08.2013  *    WI LA-2 ARC    NASA 46.005UO (Rocksat-X 3)
xxx     8    Terrier Impr. Malemute   02.07.2014  *F   WI             NASA 46.007GP (SubTec 6)
xxx     9    Terrier Impr. Malemute   26.01.2015  *    PF LC-1        NASA 46.009UE (M-TeX 1)
xxx    10    Terrier Impr. Malemute   26.01.2015  *    PF LC-3        NASA 46.010UE (M-TeX 2)
xxx    11    Terrier Impr. Malemute   18.04.2015  *    WI             NASA 46.008UO (Rocksat-X 4)
xxx    12    Terrier Impr. Malemute   12.08.2015  *    WI             NASA 46.012UO (Rocksat-X 5)
xxx    13    Terrier Impr. Malemute   01.03.2016  *    WI             NASA 46.011GP (MUSIC)
xxx    14    Terrier Impr. Malemute   17.08.2016  *    WI             NASA 46.014UO (Rocksat-X 6)


Launch sites:

PF  = Poker Flat Research Range, Ft Wainwright, Alaska, USA USA
RN  = Roi-Namur, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
WI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA