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Oriole Booster Motor

Orbital ​ATK and KRATOS Defense Rocket Support Services (formerly DTI Associates) jointly developed the Oriole booster as a next-generation sounding rocket for launching scientific and commercial payloads. It was developed primarily for use as a sounding rocket for NASA.

The Oriole provides several minutes of useful microgravity environment for payloads at low cost without entering Earth orbit. In flight testing, the Oriole achieved a maximum altitude of 229 miles (368.5 kilometers) and a maximum range of 330 miles (531 km). Its features include qualified reduced-smoke propellant, a graphite/epoxy resin composite case with aluminum and titanium parts, and a Kevlar® composite external heat shield.

Orbital ATK began development of the booster in November 1998 under contract to KRATOS. The Oriole progressed through a development and demonstration program that culminated in a successful static test at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory facility on April 20, 2000. The Oriole was then successfully flight tested from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on July 7, 2000.

More than 50 Oriole boosters have been manufactured through 2013.

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