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

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
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No passenger jets were harmed during this event.

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

Andy Berry
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by far!

Duncan Poole
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Much better!

Grant Gates
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How we gonna use it again???

Jason Cole
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We need more funding and research into reliant robin spacecraft

Bloke down the pub
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Bloke down the pub

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

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

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

Dave Tipple
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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
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It’s all sovereign territory!

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

Dave Tipple
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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
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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
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A hallihan

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

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

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

redpete
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redpete

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

Raghbir Mander
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Beauti

Jason Simpkins
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We are a backwards 3rd world country lol