Rapid Launch Vehicles & Targets

ARAV

Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicles (ARAV)

The ARAV, a product of the NSWC PHD White Sands Detachment, is a solid-fuel rocket-based target vehicle that emulates ballistic missile threats. It is a target system that saves money — approximately 85 percent in cost savings compared to other ballistic missile targets.

Short & Medium Range Ballistic Missile Targets

  • Successfully executed 100+ vehicle launches to support ballistic missile track and intercept missions with 100% success
  • Offer proven family of vehicles that are tailorable for government mission needs
  • Proven program responsiveness in providing vehicles, from requirement to launch in less than a year
  • OSD Packard Award winning engineering team as part of the Aegis Readiness Assessment Vehicle (ARAV) Team
  • Delivering affordable guided booster solutions for unique, high accuracy mission requirements

Hypersonic Payload Launch Vehicles

  • Successfully executed 7+ vehicle launches to support hypersonic air breathing and glide body testing
  • Proven family of vehicles that are rapidly tailorable for unique high speed mission requirements
  • Proven ability to support responsive delivery of vehicles in less than a year, supporting missions across multiple ranges around the world
  • Agility of our offering provides affordable flight testing, rivaling the cost for wind tunnel testing Advanced Science Sounding Rockets
  • Agile vehicle architecture provides proven launch vehicle modules to support wide range of testing of unique payload, while providing significant bandwidth for capturing key measurement data
  • Broad vehicle family offers various trajectory options to meet customer mission needs, including long durations in exoatmospheric environments
  • Experienced team with significant background in working with unique payload requirements with DoD and NASA

Payload Deployment Modules

  • Proven family of modules for the delivery of various payloads in a wide range of orientations
  • Rapid, in-house capability to provide custom delivery systems based on mission requirements

Vehicle B

The Vehicle B consists of a two-stage spin-stabilized system, which utilizes a surplus military Terrier MK12 or MK70 for the first stage booster and an Oriole GEM-22 for the second stage. The Terrier motor is 18 inches in diameter and is configured with four 4.8 square-feet fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The Oriole motor is 22 inches in diameter and is configured with four 22 inch fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The vehicle is configured with spin motors in order to reduce dispersion. This is a rail launch configuration that can be supported at most fixed and mobile ranges.

Performance capabilities for the ARAV-B are shown in Figure 1.

Vehicle-B Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights
Figure 1. Vehicle-B Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights

Vehicle C

The Vehicle C consists of a two-stage spin-stabilized system, which utilizes a surplus military Talos MK11 for the first stage booster and a Castor IA for the second stage. The Talos motor is 21 inches in diameter and is configured with four 7.2 square-feet fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The Castor IA motor is 31 inches in diameter and is configured with four fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The vehicle is configured with spin motors in order to reduce dispersion. This is a rail launch configuration that can be supported at most fixed and mobile ranges.

Performance capabilities for the ARAV-C are shown in Figure 2

Vehicle-C Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights
Figure 2. Vehicle-C Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights

Vehicle TTO

The Vehicle TTO consists of a three-stage spin-stabilized system, which utilizes a surplus military Terrier M70 for the first stage booster, a second Terrier MK-70 for the second stage, and an Oriole GEM-22 for the third stage. The Terrier motor is 18 inches in diameter and is configured with four 7.2 square-feet fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The second Terrier motor is configured with four 4.8 square-feet fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The Oriole motor is 22 inches in diameter and is configured with four 22 inch fins arranged in cruciform configuration. The vehicle is configured with spin motors in order to reduce dispersion. This is a rail launch configuration that can be supported at most fixed and mobile ranges.

Performance capabilities for the ARAV-TTO are shown in Figure 3

Vehicle-TTO Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights
Figure 3. Vehicle-TTO Apogee vs. Range Capability for Various Payload Weights

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