The HIM-78 Sprint is a ground-launch anti-space missile designed to shoot down spacecraft and satellites in near orbit. It uses a kinetic warhead and two-stage booster system with a low launch signature to improve its chances of a surprise first-strike. Against craft in low orbit, the Sprint's payload can be directly inserted into the path of the target, though against geostationary targets the missile must use a Hohmann transfer orbit before completing a circularization burn to achieve geostationary orbit. Typical travel time on an Earth-like world from ground launch to GEO is approximately 3,800 seconds.
HIM-78 Sprint systems are part of the command-level support assets of a Marine Assault Unit.
- ↑ Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual, p. 84 (2012), Titan Books.
- ↑ Lee Brimmicombe-Wood. Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual, p. 63 (2012), Titan Books.