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Kratos SRP-4 vehicle team supports US Space Force sounding rocket launch


Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. , announced on March 12 that its Sounding Rocket Program (SRP)-4 launch vehicle team under subcontract to Space Vector Corporation, successfully launched a scientific experiment for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. It was the first launch of a sounding rocket vehicle under SRP-4, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that was awarded to the Space Vector Corporation in partnership with Kratos in December of 2018.

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Kratos SRP 4 vehicle team supports US Space Force sounding rocket launch Terrier-Terrier-Oriole Sounding Rocket successfully lifts off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia (Picture source: NASA)


The three-stage Terrier-Terrier-Oriole sounding rocket carrying the Air Force Research Laboratory experiment, lifted off March 3 and flew a nominal flight profile, successfully executing all experiment events, on its way to a planned splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean. Kratos, through its Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) Division, and in partnership with New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory, played a key role in providing vehicle systems and avionics for the mission. Kratos was responsible for system integration, interface management and mission planning.

Kratos is a leading provider of products, solutions, and services supporting atmospheric science research and hypersonic testing, technology maturation, ballistic missile defense for Aegis, AMDR, directed energy and other national security, scientific and experimental programs.

“The Kratos team is focused on providing reliable, affordable sounding rocket and suborbital launch solutions to support the DoD’s emerging experimental and national security requirements,” said Dave Carter, President for KDRSS. “Kratos is extremely grateful for the opportunity to support this important scientific endeavor.”