by Pieter Thomassen, with Peter Walker and Robert Morgenstern
edited by Tim Wing
Designation: Boeing HMM-01 Starburst
- Type: Space only mecha-to-mecha missile.
- Service history: 2009-2017, UN Spacy; 2018-2029 UEDF.
- Length: 85 cm.
- Diameter: 20.3 cm.
- Wingspan: None.
- Weight: 45 kg.
- Warhead: HE with hardened case and delayed fusing.
- Weight/yield: 8 kg.
- Propulsion: Liquid rocket engine.
- Guidance: (A) Infrared Imager and range-only Lidar, (B) Passive radar homing.
- Max speed: n/a.
- Range: 2.5 kps delta-v.
- Platforms: FAST Pack Super and Strike Valkyrie
The Starburst was a reworking of the GA-100 space missile used in the Armored Valkyrie. The electronics had been updated for better accuracy, which in turn made it possible to carry a lighter warhead. With an overall lower weight, the Starburst had 20% more delta-v than the GA-100.
As with the GA-100 and that missile’s progenitor, the Starstrike, the usual mode of operation was to fire the missile either directly at a close-by mecha, or to launch the missile at longer range, and turn off the engine after the original boost, until the missile coasted to the target, acquired it, lit of its engine again and struck.
Two variants were produced of this missile; a standard anti-mecha missile version (A) and an anti-radar version (B), which had a guidance package optimized to home on Zentraedi radars in general and the Regult Scouts’ radar system in particular.
The Starburst was carried in both the booster pack missile pods and the arm missile tubes of the Super Valkyrie, and saw service in every battle involving this mecha. With its relatively compact format making it possible to carry the missile in numbers, and with its large hit percentage, the Starburst was a popular weapon and was not retired until the last Valkyrie was flown to a museum.
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Original artwork by: Shoji Kawamori, Miyatake Kazutaka, Haruhiko Mikimoto and Hidetaka Tenjin
Acknowledgement is extended to the work of Egan Loo and the Macross Compendium. Egan Loo is given all credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the Macross Compendium that has been utilized in this publication.
Acknowledgement is extended to Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide. Peter Walker, Pieter Thomassen and Robert Morgenstern are given credit for all quotes and paraphrasing of the unofficial Robotech Reference Guide that has been utilized in this publication.
Images from – Macross Perfect Memory (1983)
Content by Peter Walker and Pieter Thomassen, with Rob Morgenstern; edited by Tim Wing
Copyright © 1997 Robert Morgenstern, Pieter Thomassen, Peter Walker; 2016 Tim Wing