Strypi is the name of a US
sounding rocket. The Strypi has two stages. The first stage consists of two Recruit, the second of one Castor-rocket. The Strypi has a maximum flight height of 200 kilometres and a diameter of 79 centimetres.
The rocket was originally designed and built in
1962by teams from the Sandia National Laboratoriesin an around-the-clock program that was a part of a larger nuclear weapons testing program, undertaken prior to the imposition of the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT) in October, 1963. It was designed to take a nuclear warhead into space for extra-atmospheric testing. Though it never performed this function, Strypi did become the "workhorse" of Sandia's rocket research program.cite web |url=http://www.sandia.gov/recordsmgmt/exhibits/ReadinessProgram.pdf |title=Readiness Program |accessdate=2007-03-22 |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format=PDF |work= |publisher=Sandia National Laboratories |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ] The rocket's name came from the efforts of the Sandia teams, which had "taken the tiger by the tail".
1968, a modified Strypi was used in Material Test Vehicle (MTV) booster tests. Although atmospheric nuclear testing was now banned, as a part of the Test Readiness Programthe U.S. Air Forcecontinued to develop the means of testing, should the ban be lifted.
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