Press Release

Juno Target Successfully Launched

By SpaceRef Editor
December 10, 2015
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LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, El Segundo, Calif. – The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program and its mission partners successfully completed the fourth Juno Target vehicle launch today.

“Continued success of the Juno Target series provides a reliable and affordable test target for our US Army mission partners,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space and SMC commander. “Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners.”

Juno was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target, which meets the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program. The target’s first stage lifts the rocket from its launch pad to above the earth’s atmosphere. After a short coast period, the rocket’s second stage ignites, extending the range of the target missile to complete its flight path into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT test battery. In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, TASC Inc. provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Juno Target’s performance.

The Juno Target contributes toward meeting the Rocket Systems Launch Program responsibilities to re-utilize excess motors from Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles for U.S. Government research, development, test and evaluation efforts, incorporating two solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system which was retired in 1994.

The Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center, located at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the U.S. Air Force’s center of excellence for acquiring and developing military space systems. Its portfolio includes the Global Positioning System, military satellite communications, defense meteorological satellites, space launch and range systems, satellite control networks, space based infrared systems and space situational awareness capabilities.

SpaceRef staff editor.