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Questions tagged [icbm]

Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) are a class of rockets developed for the purpose of delivering warheads to targets almost anywhere on Earth. Use for discussing the rocket portion of the vehicle. Discussing warheads themselves are off-topic.

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What are the pros and cons of Aerospike nosecones?

Some rockets, mainly (only?) ICBMs have Aerospike nosecones Why are they preferred in lieu of traditional nose cones? Illustrations: An aerospike nosecone on a trident ICBM Video including the ...
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What benefits can be gained from launching below ground?

ICBMs are commonly launched from below ground. How much fuel could be saved if a missile is launched below ground instead of above? If the tube was deeper with modified launch by a separate chemical ...
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How to decide if the rocket most recently tested by North Korean is classified as long-range or medium-range launch?

The Reuters article Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile describes some ongoing United Nations Security Council discussion related to the classification of the ...
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ICBMs versus number of available warheads [closed]

ICBMs are known to be able to carry multiple warheads. The capability to launch against multiple targets in the same time is important when in an all-out war but I can imagine many times that a single ...
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How do ICBMs compare to civilian rockets in terms of $/kg to orbit?

In one hand, ICBMs used fancy, dangerous, poisonous chemicals as propellant. That must be more expensive as fuel, and might necessitate more expensive infrastructure than liquid hydrogen or kerosene. ...
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What was the death toll of the Nedelin catastrophe?

There are some conflicting accounts on the Nedelin catastrophe. "A significant number", "Hundreds", "Scores of engineers". The closest to a concrete number I found is 74 deaths on site, but the number ...
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What kind of missions are US surplus ICBM's capable of launching?

It has been proposed that the US military should repurpose suborbital, nuclear weapons carrying, intercontinental ballistic missiles for civil use, like Russia and Ukraine has done since decades. How ...
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Do any current ICBM's have the delta-V to target the sun?

Based on an XKCD comic, XKCD 1626 which has the image: Do any of the active duty ICBM's have the ability to actually target the Sun? Considering that the R-7 booster that is the basis used by Soyuz/...
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Can Minuteman LGM-30 booster be used to launch commercial satellites?

The LGM-30 Minuteman is the only land based ICBM in the US strategic arsenal. Gradually these missiles will have to be retired. My question is, can they be used to launch commercial satellites into ...
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Is it correct that it takes approx. 30 minutes for an ICBM to reach Russia?

Imagine an ICBM with a nuclear warhead is launched from the US to reach Moscow. How long does it take to reach its target? I've read numbers of about 30 minutes (if the missile is launched from ...
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Are ICBMs and orbital launchers similar enough to be co-developed today?

Russia has two types of hypergolic liquid fuel ICBMs deployed, UR-100N and R-36M2 Vojewoda and they are working on the big Sarmat. There's in this category also the Chinese DF-A5. (A list of ICBMs ...
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How are intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) modified to be orbital launch vehicles?

It's been done a lot, but how? Is it an extensive modification or relatively simple? The flight information for ICBMs on Wikipedia makes it seem like they got pretty close to orbit. I reviewed the ...
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Were decommissioned Cold War missiles repurposed for peaceful spaceflight?

Those formerly on either side of the Iron Curtain can now admit that the Cold War had its plusses and minuses. The key minus, of course, is that the United States and the Soviet Union constructed ...