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French solid rocket engine. 190 kN. 1900 kg 'Plastolite' propellant. Empty mass estimated. Originally developed as the booster for the SSBT missile. Isp=180s. Used on Agate launch vehicle. First flight 1961.

Gross mass: 2,900 kg (6,300 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
Thrust: 190.00 kN (42,710 lbf).
Specific impulse: 180 s.
Burn time: 18 s.

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  • Agate The Agate was the first of the 'precious stone' series of French rockets leading to the Diamant satellite launcher. The single-stage vehicle used the NA801 Mammouth solid propellant rocket developed originally for the SSBT program. The purpose of the fin-stabilised unguided rocket was to test the recoverable instrument pod planned for later missile tests. The Agate R / VE110RR version was used to develop recovery procedures at sea. More...

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