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Ground-based Midcourse Defense

January 9, 2004 -- Booster Verification-5, a developmental three-stage booster, is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The objectives for this flight test included demonstrating the booster's silo-launching capabilities, verifying the vehicle design and flight characteristics and confirming the planned performance of its guidance, control and propulsion systems. The flight did not involve an intercept. The intercept boost vehicle was designed and built by Lockheed Martin.

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