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Improved Orion

Improved Orion


The Orion is a single stage sounding rocket which will achieve an altitude of 60 km with a 250 lb payload or 90 km with a 75 lb payload.


The videos are Satellite Tool Kit (STK) representations of an Improved Orion, one launched from Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and one launched from Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) in Alaska. Shown is the launch with radar and telemetry tracking, the full trajectory of the vehicle, as well as stage events and apogee. The time step of each video is 0.50 seconds.

WFF launch: w_io_50.avi (42.9 Mb).
PFRR launch: imporion.avi (38.9 Mb).


Listed below are various screenshots from the STK scenario of an Improved Orion. One set depicts a launch from WFF. The other set depicts a launch from PFRR.


Full Trajectory Launch Apogee


Full Trajectory Launch Apogee


The AGI Viewer is required in order to view a VDF file type. Using this viewer allows for user interactivity (zoom, pan and adjusting time step). Download the free AGI Viewer at (68.5 Mb).

VDF of WFF launch: w_io.vdf (311 kb).
VDF of PFRR launch: ImpOrion_pfrr.vdf (8.5 Mb).

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