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Terrier Orion

Terrier Improved Orion [MDA]

Terrier Improved Orion [NASA]

The Terrier improved Orion launch vehicle is a two stage spin stabilized rocket system which utilizes a Terrier MK 12 Mod 1 or Mk70 for the first stage and an Improved Orion motor for the second stage.

The Terrier motor is 18 inches in diameter and is configured with 2.5 ft2 or 4.8 ft2 fin panels arranged in a cruciform configuration. The Orion motor is 14 inches in diameter and 110 inches long. The vehicle is typically configured with spin motors and the total weight of this configuration, excluding the payload, is approximately 2,900 pounds.

The Improved Orion motor has a bi-phase propellant system (boost-sustain) that results in thrust levels of approximately 19,000 pounds during the first four seconds of motor burn then trailing off to approximately 3,000 pounds until burnout around 25 seconds. The fins are generally configured to provide a burn out spin rate of four cycles per second. The Orion motor utilizes a clamp-released/load-bearing tail can to interface with the Terrier motor. This is a rail-launched configuration that can be supported at most fixed and mobile launch ranges.

Payload configurations supported by this vehicle include 14 inch and bulbous 17.25 inch diameters. Payload weights ranging from 200 to 800 pounds can achieve altitudes of approximately 200 to 80 kilometers respectively.

Vehicle Stage 1 Stage 2
Terrier Orion Terrier Mk.12 Orion / M22E8
Terrier Mk.70 Orion Terrier Mk.70 (TX-664) Orion / M22E8
Terrier Improved Orion Terrier Mk.12 Mod.1 improved Orion / M112
Terrier Mk.70 Improved Orion Terrier Mk.70 (TX-664) improved Orion / M112
Nr  TypeNr   Vehicle                       Date             LS             Payload

                            
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.04.1994  *    WI             NASA 12.046WT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           30.06.1995  *    WI             NASA 12.047WT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           17.11.1996  *    WS LC-36       NASA 41.005GP
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 23.05.1997  *    WI             NASA 41.013DT (MSX?)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           08.08.1997  *F   WI             NASA 41.011UE (COORS/ROCKI (CRISTA))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           02.09.1997  *    AnP            NASA 41.014DT (DUNDEE 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.09.1997  *    AnP            NASA 41.015DT (DUNDEE 2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           10.09.1997  *    AnP            NASA 41.016DT (DUNDEE 3)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           11.09.1997  *    AnP            NASA 41.017DT (DUNDEE 4 (MSX))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.11.1997  *    And            NASA 41.004IE
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           26.02.1998  *    Tor            NASA 41.008UE (EDDY)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           17.12.1999  *    WI             NASA 41.020NM (MG.0Pool Boiling)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           13.10.2000  *    WS             NASA 41.021DP
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           30.10.2001  *F   Wo             Hyshot 1 (Hilary)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 05.06.2002  *    WS             NASA 41.023UE (SAMPLER)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 05.06.2002  *    WS             NASA 41.022UE (SAMPLER)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 01.07.2002  *    And            NASA 41.032GE (MM-MW-08 MacWAVE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 05.07.2002  *    And            NASA 41.033GE (MM-MW-23 MacWAVE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           30.07.2002  *    Wo             Hyshot 2 (Hans)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 20.11.2002  *    WI             NASA 41.039DP (VALPE-1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 24.01.2003  *    Es             NASA 41.030GE (MacWAVE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 28.01.2003  *    Es             NASA 41.031GE (MacWAVE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           25.03.2003  *    PF LC-3        NASA 41.034UE (HEX V)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           27.03.2003  *F   PF LC-5        NASA 41.028UE (JOULE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           27.03.2003  *    PF LC-2        NASA 41.029UE (JOULE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           30.06.2003  *    WI             NASA 41.036UE (Release M/Dtr)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           30.06.2003  *    WI             NASA 41.037UE (Release M/Dtr)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           30.06.2003  *    WI             NASA 41.038UE (Release M/Dtr)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.07.2003  *    WS             NASA 41.025UE (SAMPLER (CWAS))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.07.2003  *    WS             NASA 41.024UE (SAMPLER (CWAS))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           01.08.2003  *    WI             NASA 12.052GT (NMACS Test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 20.08.2003  *    WI             NASA 41.040DP (VALPE-2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           03.10.2003  *    WI             NASA 41.035UE (SPIRIT 2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           18.10.2003  *    WI             FASTT SPV-1 (Dummy Scramjet)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           24.10.2003  *    WI             NASA 12.053GT (SOAREX 3 NMACS Test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           13.04.2004  *    WS             NASA 12.054GT (NMACS Test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 16.04.2004  *    WI             FASTT SPV-2 (Dummy Scramjet)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           07.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.043UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           07.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.045UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.044UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.08.2004  *F   RN             NASA 41.046UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           27.08.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.041UE (EQUIS II LEMMA 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           07.09.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.048UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           17.09.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.047UE (EQUIS II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           19.09.2004  *    RN             NASA 41.042UE (EQUIS II LEMMA 2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           23.09.2004  *F   WS             NASA 12.056GT (NMACS Test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 24.11.2004  *F   WS             NASA 12.061GT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 02.02.2005  *    Kau            NASA 41.058DR
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 01.03.2005  *    Kau            NASA 41.059DR (ARAV-A FTM-7 TRACKEX)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 02.03.2005  *    Kau            NASA 41.060DR (ARAV-A FTM-7 TRACKEX)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.05.2005  *    WI             NASA 41.057DP (MCAFT-1/IBSi)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           14.11.2005  *    WS             NASA 41.066DR
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           18.11.2005  *    WS             NASA 41.067DR
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 10.12.2005  *    WI             FASTT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 20.12.2005  *    WI             NASA 12.063GT (Water recovery test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           25.03.2006  *    Wo             Hyshot 3
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           30.03.2006  *    Wo             Hyshot 4 (JAXA)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.04.2006  *    WS LC-36       NASA 41.068NT (Descent imagery/RSO)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           22.05.2006  *    WS             NASA 12.058GT (ACS test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           05.06.2006  *    WS             NASA 41.073DR
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           07.06.2006  *    Kau            NASA 41.071DR
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           08.06.2006  *    WS             NASA 41.074DR (DUNDEE target)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           23.06.2006  *    Kau            NASA 41.072DR Aegis (ARAV-A FTM-10 Targ)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           01.07.2006  *    And            NASA 41.056UO (ESPRIT (SPIRIT 3))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           19.01.2007  *    PF             NASA 41.064UE (JOULE II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           19.01.2007  *    PF             NASA 41.065UE (JOULE II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 14.02.2007  *    PF             NASA 41.061 (HEX-II V-1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 14.02.2007  *    PF             NASA 41.063 (HEX-II V-2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 14.02.2007  *    PF             NASA 41.062 (HEX-II V-3)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 26.04.2007  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-11E4 Tgt (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 15.06.2007  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-12-2 Targ (ARAV-A TRACKEX)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 15.06.2007  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-12-2 Targ (ARAV-A TRACKEX)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           21.06.2007  *    WS             NASA 12.059GT (Star tracker/ACS)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           03.08.2007  *    And            NASA 41.069 (MASS 1 (NLCs))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           06.08.2007  *    And            NASA 41.070 (MASS 2 (NLCs))
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           06.09.2007  *    WI             NASA 41.055NP (IRVE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 07.11.2007  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-13 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 07.11.2007  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-13 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           14.07.2008  *    WI             NASA 41.075NP (GT?) (SubTec-II)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           18.02.2009  *    PF             NASA 41.076 (Turbopause)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           18.02.2009  *    PF             NASA 41.078 (Turbopause)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           18.02.2009  *    PF             NASA 41.079 (Turbopause)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           18.02.2009  *    PF             NASA 41.077 (Turbopause)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 07.05.2009  *    Wo             HIFiRE 0
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 28.05.2009  *    WI             NASA 41.080NR (SOAREX 7 TDRV)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 26.06.2009  *    WI             NASA 41.083UO (RockOn 2009)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 31.07.2009  *    Kau            Aegis FTM-17 target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 31.07.2009  *    Kau            FTX-06E1 TRACKEX (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Orion                 17.12.2009  *    WS             NASA 41.086UO (HAROH)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           09.02.2010  *    PF             NASA 41.084UE (Ampules)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           22.03.2010  *    Wo             HIFiRE 1
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           24.06.2010  *    WI LA-2        NASA 41.088UO (RockOn 2010)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           21.09.2010  *    WI LA-2        NASA 41.082NP (SUBTEC III)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           06.12.2010  *    WS             NASA 41.087NT (TRaINED)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           10.06.2011  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.096GT (SUBTEC IV/SMART)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           23.06.2011  *    WI LA-1 AML    NASA 41.095UO (RockOn 2011)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           10.07.2011  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.091GE (Daytime Dynamo)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           21.07.2011  *    WI LA-1        NASA 41.092GO (RockSat-X 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           11.10.2011  *    And Athena     NASA 41.094UE (CHAMPS)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           13.10.2011  *    And U3         NASA 41.093UE (CHAMPS)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           27.03.2012  *    WI LA-2 HAD    NASA 41.097UE (ATREX 3)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           27.03.2012  *    WI LA-2 HAD    NASA 41.098UE (ATREX 5)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           10.05.2012  *    Kau            Aegis FTM16E2a Targ (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           21.06.2012  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.101UO (RockOn 2012)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           29.01.2013  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.107GT (Li release test)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.02.2013  *    WS             NASA 41.104GT
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           01.05.2013  *    RN             NASA 41.100DR (MOSC 1A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           09.05.2013  *    RN             NASA 41.102DR (MOSC 1B)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           20.06.2013  *    WI LA-1 50K    NASA 41.106UO (RockOn 2013)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Mk.70 Orion           04.07.2013  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.090GE (Daytime Dynamo)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.01.2014  *    WI             FTX-18 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.01.2014  *    WI             FTX-18 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           15.01.2014  *    WI             FTX-18 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           26.06.2014  *    WI             NASA 41.110UO (RockOn 2014)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           26.01.2015  *    PF LC-2        NASA 41.111UE (MIST 1)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           26.01.2015  *    PF LC-5        NASA 41.112UE (MIST 2)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           25.06.2015  *    WI LA-2 MRL    NASA 41.113UO (RockOn 2015)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           20.10.2015  *    SUi            ASD-15 Target (ARAV-A)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           07.03.2016  *    WI             NASA 41.114NP (SOAREX 9 / RadPC / VIP)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           24.06.2016  *    WI             NASA 41.116UO (RockOn 2016)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           19.07.2016  *    Es             ROTEX-T
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           22.06.2017  *    WI             NASA 41.121UO (RockOn-Rocksat-C)

                                           
planned:                                   
                                           
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           xx.08.2016  *    WI             NASA 41.117NR (SHARPIE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           xx.09.2016  *    WI             NASA 41.118NR (SHARPIE)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           xx.01.2018  *    PF             NASA 41.119CE (Super Soaker)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           xx.01.2018  *    PF             NASA 41.120CE (Super Soaker)
xxx   xxx    Terrier Impr. Orion           xx.01.2018  *    PF             NASA 41.122CE (Super Soaker)


Launch sites:

And = Andøya Space Center (Andøya Rocket Range), Andøya, Nordland, Norway Norway
AnP = Anna Plains, Western Australia, Australia AustraliaEs  = ESRANGE, Kiruna, Sweden Sweden
Kau = Kauai Test Facility (KTF) (Pacific Missile Range Facility), Barking Sands, Kauai, USA USA
PF  = Poker Flat Research Range, Ft Wainwright, Alaska, USA USA
RN  = Roi-Namur, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
SUi = Royal Artillery Guided Weapons Range, South Uist, Hebrides, UK UK
Tor = Camp Tortuguero, Vega Baja, Arecibo, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
WI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA
WS  = White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA USA
Wo  = Woomera Instrumented Range, Woomera, South Australia, Australia Australia