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HPB (Talos Aries)

HPB (Talos Aries) [NASA]

The Aries sounding rocket consists of a refurbished Minuteman-1 second stage (M-56). It was used to lift heavy payloads to suborbital altitudes. An improved version with a Talos booster was introduced in 1990.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2
HPB (Talos Aries) Talos M-56A1
Nr TypeNr  Vehicle              Date          LS        Suc  Payload

31    1    HPB (Talos Aries)    30.01.1990    WI       *     A26.804
35    2    HPB (Talos Aries)    12.04.1991    WI       *     Firebird 1
41    3    HPB (Talos Aries)    29.03.1992    PF       *     SPIRIT II
42    4    HPB (Talos Aries)    15.04.1992    WI       *     Firebird 1b
45    5    HPB (Talos Aries)    28.01.1993    Wa       *     TCMP 1B
46    6    HPB (Talos Aries)    11.02.1993    Wa       * F   TCMP 1C


Launch sites:

PF  = Poker Flat Research Range, Ft Wainwright, Alaska, USA USA
Wa  = Wake Island, USA USA
WI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA