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Aero High


Australian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Gosling IV + 1 x Vela

Four Gosling motors with canted nozzles were used as boosters for the British Thunderbird ramjet surface-to-air missile. 664 Gosling IV motors were supplied for the Thunderbird, Bloodhound, and Seaslug Mark II missiles.

For sounding rocket applications, motors were supplied with in-line nozzles. The Gosling IV had an a all up mass of 256 kg, was 3.00 m long, and 0.254 m in diameter. It produced an average thrust of 124 kN over its 3.15 second burn time.

Failures: 5. Success Rate: 44.44%. First Fail Date: 1964-07-01. Last Fail Date: 1972-01-01. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1972.
Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb).
Height: 6.40 m (20.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 1964.07.01.
Last Launch: 1972.01.01.
Number: 12 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • WRE Australian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Australian Weapons Research Establishment, Australia. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

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...
  • Woomera LA2 Stonechat, Skylark, Rook, Jaguar, Black Brant, Lorikeet, Long Tom, Kookaburra, HAD, Corella, Cockatoo, Aero High launch complex. Sounding rocket launcher More...

Associated Stages
  • Jabiru-3 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 300 kg. Thrust 140.00 kN. More...

Aero High Chronology


1964 Q3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1964 Q3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1968 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1968 November 28 - . 18:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1007.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1968 December 12 - . 18:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1005/3.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1969 August 5 - . 09:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1021.
  • Grenades - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 208 km (129 mi).

1970 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1970 November 5 - . 18:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1016.
  • Grenades - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

1971 March 3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH5.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1971 March 3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH4.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1971 September 20 - . 23:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1013.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 155 km (96 mi).

1972 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

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