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In a mission that originated from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Orbital's GMD boost vehicle was launched at 4:00 p.m. (EST). It flew a ballistic trajectory over the Pacific Ocean, reaching an altitude of approximately 1,125 miles and traveling about 3,500 miles down range from the launch site.
Following preliminary post-flight analysis of the data collected from the mission, Orbital confirmed that all the primary objectives for the first launch of the GMD boost vehicle were achieved. These included the verification of the vehicle design and flight characteristics, the gathering of flight data through comprehensive onboard instrumentation, and the confirmation of the expected performance of the propulsion system.
"With the successful launch of our inaugural GMD boost vehicle, we have completed the first step toward the full development of a high-performance, reliable booster to help defend our nation," said Mr. Ron Grabe, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Orbital's Launch Systems Group.
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