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Rook


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Single stage vehicle consisting of a Rook solid rocket motor. Used initially for supersonic tests of aircraft models.

The Rook motor was 0.43 m in diameter and 5.28 m long. It contained a case-bonded charge of 846 kg of non-aluminized plastic propellant giving a total impulse of 1760 kN-seconds in 5.6 seconds; with a maximum thrust of 323 kN and a specific impulse of 213 seconds. The motor was capable of withstanding the 40g acceleration it provided during firing. It was employed as the first propulsion stage of the Leopard and Jaguar (Jabiru) supersonic test vehicles, and by itself in single-stage test applications.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Rook British test vehicle. Single stage vehicle consisting of a Rook solid rocket motor. Used initially for supersonic tests of aircraft models. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Woomera After World War II British government recognized the need for a large range to test the incredible array of long-range missile systems then planned. After considering sites in Canada, it was decided that Australia would best meet the projected needs. The Long Range Weapons Establishment was created on 1 April 1947 as a joint British/Australian enterprise. 23 days later the name Woomera (an aboriginal word of axtlaxtl, or spear thrower) was selected for the new town to be built as its administrative center. Woomera town peaked at a population of 6,000 in the 1960's. Thereafter the progressive cancellation of British missile and space projects put Woomera went into sustained decline. However it played a key role in the history of rocketry, including orbital launches or launch attempts by Black Arrow, Sparta, and Europa boosters. More...
  • Aberporth The Aberporth military test range is located on Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. It already became associated with solid rocket tests during the Second World War. Development of surface-to-air missiles began there in 1948 and tests were made of re-entry and high-speed aircraft shapes in the 1960's. Due to the military nature of the site, the only sounding rocket launches have been to support military test operations. These included 40 known launches from 1959 to 1972. More...

Rook Chronology


1959 June 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1959 July 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1960? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2?. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1J.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 July 14 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1H.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 November 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1I.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1K.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
  • Ranger test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra23.
  • Ranger 23 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 January 19 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra26.
  • Ranger 26 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Bo1.
  • Bonorong 1 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 December 10 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra28.
  • Ranger 28 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 May 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly4.
  • Lynx 4 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra30.
  • Ranger 30 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 May 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1967 July 11 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly6.
  • Lynx 6 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 August 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob1.
  • Oberon 1 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 September 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra32.
  • Ranger 32 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1968 October 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob2.
  • Oberon 2 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1969 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly5.
  • Lynx 5 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1969 November 26 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob3.
  • Oberon 3 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 February 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly8.
  • Lynx 8 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ori23.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 July 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA F1.
  • FFARV test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly7.
  • Lynx 7 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1972 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ba5.
  • Badger 5 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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