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.

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GEMAS
GEMAS
5 years ago

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.

Steven
5 years ago

No passenger jets were harmed during this event.

Bloke down the pub
Bloke down the pub
5 years ago

According to this link. the Skylark sounding rocket has been launched from Wales.
http://www.le.ac.uk/ebulletin-archive/ebulletin/news/press-releases/2000-2009/2005/04/nparticle-vcz-vgw-y8c.html

Andrew Jarvie
5 years ago

We do seem to be forgetting the UKs most important space mission here!

Andy Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Jarvie

by far!

Duncan Poole
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Jarvie

Much better!

Grant Gates
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Jarvie

How we gonna use it again???

Jason Cole
5 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Jarvie

We need more funding and research into reliant robin spacecraft

Duncan Poole
5 years ago

I was hoping this would be good for humanity. Not war!

Adam Hicken
5 years ago
Reply to  Duncan Poole

You could argue that something which deters aggression is good for humanity

Dave Tipple
5 years ago

It was not launched from UK Soil. It was launched from a WAR SHIP, not British, it was in British waters, on A British test range , and that’s as close as it gets.

Jon Roach
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave Tipple

It’s all sovereign territory!

David Manley
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave Tipple

Wrong, the rocket was launched from land. It was intercepted by a missile launched from a ship

Dave Tipple
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave Tipple

It says from ” UK SOIL” and it was not, it was from a Non British Warship, and any war ship maintains the Sovereignty of the Nation that it belongs to, so not British Sovereign Territory eather ?

Dave Tipple
5 years ago
Reply to  Dave Tipple

David ….you are correct, I got a wee bit confused, the fact was I know the ships involved had just finished, ex joint warrior 215, so where all around the area, and just asume that one of them fired it.

A hallihan
A hallihan
4 years ago
Reply to  Dave Tipple

A warship complete with buildings, floodlights and a tree.
Not familiar with the warship type. Could you advise?

Richard Stanley
5 years ago

The Germans launched unguided rockets that entered space 80 years ago called the V2, just saying.

Jon Roach
5 years ago

30 missiles launched against 2 targets seems like a lot of fun.

redpete
redpete
5 years ago
Reply to  Jon Roach

There were many other targets launched during the exercise, so not all 30 were aimed at the ballistic targets.

Raghbir Mander
5 years ago

Beauti

Jason Simpkins
5 years ago

We are a backwards 3rd world country lol