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Stonechat



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Falstaff
Credit: via Jean-Jacques Serra
Single stage hypersonic test vehicles using variants of the Stonechat solid rocket motor.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Stonechat I British sounding rocket. Single stage hypersonic test vehicle using the Stonechat I solid rocket motor. More...
  • Stonechat British test vehicle. Single stage hypersonic test vehicles using variants of the Stonechat solid rocket motor. More...
  • Falstaff British sounding rocket. Single stage hypersonic test vehicle using the Stonechat II solid rocket motor. 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...

Stonechat Chronology


1969 October 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Stonechat I. LV Configuration: Stonechat I F.00.
  • HRV 933 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1975 May 9 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.0.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 119 km (73 mi).

1976 February 10 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.01.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi).

1978 May 23 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Chevaline warhead test launch - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1978 September 15 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.2.
  • Chevaline warhead test launch - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 97 km (60 mi).

1978 December 6 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.3.
  • Chevaline warhead test launch - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 98 km (60 mi).

1979 February 14 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.4.
  • Chevaline warhead test launch - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1979 April 4 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Falstaff. LV Configuration: Falstaff F.5.
  • Chevaline warhead test launch - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

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