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Decommissioned Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Repurposed as Launchers

By: Katie Cordrey - Published: Jul 3, 2010   Updated: Jun 9 2011 • References: blogs.discovermagazine and news.discovery
Peacekeeper decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are being used as launchers for science missions. Fifty-four repurposed missiles are scheduled for recycling. Nine Peacekeeper motors are currently under contract for testing or upcoming space launches.

The Air Force oversees the decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missiles-to-launchers program. While it can't be considered eco-friendly, it saves a lot of money and makes use of hardware that would be scrapped otherwise.

Implications - The very first refurbished Peacekeeper missile was named Minotaur 4 and was flown into space in April of 2010. The launch of the Space Based Space Surveillance satellite will let people see how Minotaur 4 is doing up in space. The featured images show these awesome missiles being ejected high up and out of this world.