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Ute


The Ute (TU-715) motor was developed from the Genie motor baseline. Later derivatives were combined with booster or upper stages.

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Ute Apache American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Ute + 1 x Apache More...
  • Ute American sounding rocket. The Ute (TU-715) motor was developed from the Genie motor baseline. Later derivatives were combined with booster or upper stages. More...
  • Paiute Apache American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Paiute + 1 x Apache More...
  • Nike Malemute American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Nike + 1 x Malemute More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...
  • Poker Flat Sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1969 to present. Poker Flat Rocket Range (PFRR) contains five major launch pads. Pads 1 and 2 each have a 7.5K launcher, pads 3 and 4 each contain 20K MRL launchers, and pad 5 contains a 4K twin boom launcher. Pad 3 is equipped with a moveable launcher enclosure which can be used to protect a rocket on pad 3 and workers from the severe winter weather. More...

Ute Chronology


1972 March 18 - . 09:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Ute Apache.
  • Aurora / airglow mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1972 March 28 - . 12:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Paiute Apache. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NSF. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1974 May 14 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Nike Malemute. LV Configuration: Nike Malemute NASA 28.01GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 September 24 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Ute. Launch Vehicle: Nike Malemute. LV Configuration: Nike Malemute NASA 28.002GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 465 km (288 mi).

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