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Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge


Classification: Research Rocket


Length: 57 feet


Date of First Cape Canaveral Launch: December 18, 1990


Date of Final Cape Canaveral Launch: May 28, 1993


Number of Cape Canaveral Launches: 3


Starbird was a four-stage, solid fueled rocket built by Orbital Sciences Corporation in support of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative program. The suborbital rocket was designed to look like a ballistic missile in flight, so that strategic space, air and land-based assets could be tested to see if they could identify potential threats. The rocket had a range of about 300 miles.



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