Ballistic missile

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A ballistic missile is a missile which gets out of the earth's atmosphere and into space; its path is not strictly considered an orbit but is more of an arch.[1] Most ballistic missiles are ground-to-ground based, although they can also be launched from sea-based platforms (Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile). Some have enough range to reach another continent; see Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

Ballistic missiles were first developed by the Germans during World War II.

Some ICBMs carry nuclear warheads.

See also


  1. "After launch, a ballistic missiles arches up from one point, and lands at another point. What is a Ballistic Missile?