Taurus Nike Tomahawk

Summary

A Nike Tomahawk photographed at Wallops Flight Facility.

Taurus Nike Tomahawk, or TNT for short, is a sounding rocket which was first built in 1983. When it was in operation it was used to explore the upper atmosphere.

The TNT was created by WFF by combining a Taurus motor (the M6 engine from the Honest John rocket as a first stage with a Nike Hercules Aerospace M5E1 solid fuel booster as a second stage, and a Tomahawk sounding rocket as the sustainer. The upper two stages together are also known as the Nike Tomahawk. The TNT flew 17 missions between 1 September 1983 and 6 December 1991 with only one failure (success rate of 94.12%).

See also

References

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20061018195200/http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/tauwktnt.htm