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Birdling's Flat
Credit: © Mark Wade
New Zealand

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Atea-1 New Zealander sounding rocket. Single-stage New Zealand hybrid sounding rocket. More...
  • Atea-2 New Zealander sounding rocket. Two-stage increased-diameter New Zealand hybrid sounding rocket.Payload: 25 kg (55 lb) to a 250 km altitude. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Birdling's Flat Sounding rocket launch site, known to have been used for 2 launches in 1963 and 1964, reaching up to 60 kilometers altitude. Co-located with radar site operated by University of Canterbury. More...
  • Cape Karikari Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 7 launches in 1965, reaching up to 88 kilometers altitude. More...
  • McMurdo McMurdo Station, Ross Ice Shelf, New Zealand Antarctic Territory More...

New Zealand Chronology


1963 February 6 - . 05:35 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 18 - . Nation: New Zealand. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 February 27 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 19 - . Nation: New Zealand. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 April 24 - . 01:00 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 20 - . Nation: New Zealand. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 August 14 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 23 - . Nation: New Zealand. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 October 3 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 28 - . Nation: New Zealand. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

2009 November 30 - . 01:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Great Mercury Island. LV Family: Atea. Launch Vehicle: Atea-1.
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