Encyclopedia Astronautica

Credit: © Mark Wade
Barbados became involved as a bridgehead to space as the site for Gerald Bull's development of gun-boosted sounding rocket and satelite launchers in the 1960's. The facilities and modified artillery pieces he built still stand today, rusting, their original purpose a mystery to local residents.

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Associated Launch Sites
  • Barbados Sounding rocket launch site located on island in the Caribbean. It was also from here that Gerard Bull tested his Martlet series of gun-launched sounding rockets. Known to have been used for 40 launches from 1963 to 1968, reaching up to 150 kilometers altitude. More...

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