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M-56 family

Aries

 

Conestoga-1 [SSI]

ERIS

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. Both USAF and NASA were users of the Aries.

Version Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Aries M-56A1 - -
ERIS M-56A1 M-57A1 -
Conestoga-1 (1 stage) M-56A1 M-57A1 Dummy Dummy
Conestoga-1 M-56A1 M-57A1 ? Star-20 ?
Nr TypeNr  Vehicle              Date          LS             Payload

 1    1    Aries                17.10.1973    SN       *     NB24.265
 2    2    Aries                18.06.1974    WS LC-36 *     NB24.268
 3    3    Aries                28.12.1974    WS LC-36 *  F  NB24.275 (Crab Occultation)
 4    4    Aries                18.08.1975    WS LC-36 *     NASA 12.026GT-IT Honecker (IMS Test)
 5    4    Aries                30.03.1976    Es A     *  F  NASA 24.001IE Haerandel (IMS 1, Porcupine 1)
 6    6    Aries                16.12.1976    WS LC-36 *     HI-G Test (NB24.277)
 7    7    Aries                26.01.1977    WS LC-36 *     ASTRO 8-1 (NB24.276)
 8    8    Aries                20.03.1977    Es A     *     NASA 24.002IE Haerandel (IMS 2, Porcupine 2)
 9    9    Aries                11.11.1977    WS LC-36 *     TEM 1 (A24.609-01)
10   10    Aries                12.06.1978    WS LC-36 *     ASTRO 8-2
11   11    Aries                28.01.1979    WS LC-36 *     SPICE 1 (A24.7S2-01)
12   12    Aries                19.03.1979    Es A     *     NASA 24.005IE Haerandel (IMS 3, Porcupine 3)
13   13    Aries                31.03.1979    Es A     *     NASA 24.006IE Haerandel (IMS 4, Porcupine 4)
14   14    Aries                21.05.1980    WS LC-36 *     TEM 2 (A24.609-02, MSMP)
15   15    Aries                18.08.1980    WS LC-36 *     ZIP 1 (A24.6S1-01)
16   16    Aries                20.09.1980    WS LC-36 *     NASA 24.003CH Catura (LCXT)
17   17    Aries                04.02.1981    WS LC-36 *     IRBS (A24.7S1-01)
18   18    Aries                27.04.1981    WS LC-36 *     NASA 24.010UG Fastie
19   19    Aries                31.07.1981    WS LC-36 *     ZIP 2 (A24.6S1-02)
20   20    Aries                23.01.1982    WS LC-36 *     FIRSSE 1 (A24.7S2-02)
21   21    Aries                28.05.1982    WS LC-36 *     TEM 3 (A24.609-03, MSMP)
22   22    Aries                18.06.1982    WS LC-36 *     NASA 24.004UG Bowyer (38'' Telescope #1)
23    1    Conestoga-1 (1 st.)  09.09.1982    Ma       *     Conestoga 1
24   23    Aries                15.09.1982    WS       *     SPICE 2 (A24.7S2-03)
25   24    Aries                25.10.1983    WS LC-36 *     ELC 1 (A24.260)
26   25    Aries                27.11.1983    WS LC-36 *     NASA 24.015UG Bowyer (38'' Telescope #2)
27   26    Aries                24.08.1986    WS LC-36 *  P  NASA 24.009UH Garmire/Novick
28   27    Aries                05.09.1986    WS LC-36 *     Delta 180 Observation Target (G-2)
29   28    Aries                27.07.1987    She      *     Queen Match 1
30   29    Aries                xx.08.1988    She      *     Queen Match 2
31   30    Aries                xx.07.1989    She      *     Queen Match 3
32   31    Aries                13.07.1989    WS LC-36 *     BEAR (A24.602)
33   32    Aries                27.04.1990    WS LC-36 *     EXCEDE III (A24.570)
34   33    Aries                26.07.1990    WS LC-36 *  F  SPEAR-2 (D24.107)
35    1    ERIS                 28.01.1991    Me       *     ERIS 1
36   34    Aries                20.05.1991    WS LC-36 *     NASA 24.011CH Catura (SXT 1)
37   35    Aries                20.08.1991    CC LC-20 *  F  Red Tigress 1A (9 sep. Experiments)
38   36    Aries                14.10.1991    CC LC-20 *     Red Tigress 1B (9 sep. Experiments)
39   37    Aries                18.02.1992    WS LC-36 *     LEAP 1 Target
40    2    ERIS                 13.03.1992    Me       *     ERIS 2
41   38    Aries                19.06.1992    WS LC-36 *     LEAP 2 Target
42   39    Aries                22.10.1992    WI       *  F  BP-FE 3 [Orbus-1] / Target [Star-6]
43   40    Aries                22.06.1993    WS LC-36 *     LEAP 3 Target
44   41    Aries                28.08.1993    WS LC-36 *  F  NASA 24.017CH Catura (SXT 2)
45   42    Aries                25.02.1994    WI       *     LEAP Target Test
46   43    Aries                12.02.1995    WI       *     LEAP FTV-03 Target
47   44    Aries                04.03.1995    WI       *     LEAP FTV-03a LEAP Upper Tier 1 Target
48   45    Aries                28.03.1995    WI       *     LEAP FTV-04 LEAP Upper Tier 2 Target
49   46    Aries                09.07.1996    WI       *     ABIE-TLV 1
50   47    Aries                20.11.1998    Kau      *     NTW 1 Target (TTV 1)
51   48    Aries                26.01.2001    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FTR-1A Target (TTV 2)
52   49    Aries                22.03.2001    Kd LP-2  *     QRLV 1
53   50    Aries                26.01.2002    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FM-2 Target (TTV 3)
54   51    Aries                24.04.2002    Kd LP-2  *     QRLV 2
55   52    Aries                14.06.2002    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FM-3 Target (TTV 4)
56   53    Aries                22.11.2002    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FM-4 Target (TTV 5)
57   54    Aries                18.06.2003    Kau LP-1 *     LEAP ALI-FM-5 Target (TTV 6)
58   55    Aries                11.12.2003    Kau LP-1 *     LEAP ALI-FM-6 Target (TTV 7)
59   56    Aries                24.02.2005    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FTM-04-1 Target (TTV 8)
60   57    Aries                07.12.2006    Kau      *     LEAP ALI-FTM-11 Target (TTV 9)


Launch sites:

CC  = Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Eastern Test Range, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA USA
Es  = ESRANGE, Kiruna, Sweden Sweden
Kd  = Kodiak Launch Complex, Kodiak Island, Narrow Cape, Alaska, USA USA/ LP-2
Kau = Kauai Test Facility (KTF) (Pacific Missile Range Facility), Barking Sands, Kauai, USA USA
Ma  = Matagorda Island, Texas, USA USAMe  = Meck Island, Reagan Test Site (formerly Kwajalein Missile Range), Kwajalein, Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
PF  = Poker Flat Research Range, Ft Wainwright, Alaska, USA USA
She = Eareckson Air Station, Shemya Island, Alaska, USA USA
SN  = San Nicolas Island, Pacific Missile Range, California, USA USA
WI  = Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, USA USA
WS  = White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA USA