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Sparoair


Air-launched two stage vehicle consisting of tandem Sparrow air-to-air missile motors.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Sparoair American air-launched sounding rocket. Air-launched two stage vehicle consisting of tandem Sparrow air-to-air missile motors. More...
  • Sparoair I American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x F3H Cougar + 1 x Sparrow + 1 x Sparrow More...
  • Sparoair II American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x F3H Cougar + 1 x Sparrow + 1 x Sparrow More...
  • Sparoair III American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x F4B Phantom + 1 x Sparrow + 1 x 22.6KS1245 More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Point Mugu US Naval Air Station and major missile testing centre, known to have been used for 2551 launches from 1955 to 2005. The actual total of missile tests is many times greater. More...

Sparoair Chronology


1960 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-3B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair I.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1961 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-3B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair II.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1963 August 2 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-3B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair I.
  • Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN NMC. Apogee: 107 km (66 mi).

1965 July 8 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-4B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair III. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 27 km (16 mi).

1966 May 26 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-4B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair III. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

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