It has emerged that an unguided two-stage rocket system used to test ballistic missile defence became the first vehicle to lift off from the UK and leave the Earth’s atmosphere.

The launch took place last October during an international military exercise in the Atlantic. One of the targets destroyed was the vehicle in question, an American Terrier Oriole designed to simulate a ballistic missile.


  1. For those who are interested, there is a fairly good video of the exercise and demonstration on YouTube under the title At Sea Demonstration 2015 – ASD15.


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