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Apache



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Nike Apache
Credit: via Andreas Parsch
American sounding rocket. The Apache upper stage was an improved version of the Cajun. The Thiokol engine used aluminised polyurethane propellant with a higher specific impulse and phenolic lining in the steel nozzle. Cost to NASA was $ 6,000 per rocket. The Apache could be used in a single stage version, but was normally used with a booster stage, usually the Nike.

Failures: 38. Success Rate: 95.43%. First Fail Date: 1963-07-20. Last Fail Date: 1976-03-02. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1980.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.17 m (0.55 ft).
Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).
First Launch: 1960.06.01.
Last Launch: 1962.03.28.
Number: 11 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Apache The Apache upper stage was an improved version of the Cajun. The Thiokol engine used aluminised polyurethane propellant with a higher specific impulse and phenolic lining in the steel nozzle. Cost to NASA was $ 6,000 per rocket. The Apache could be used in a single stage version, but was normally used with a booster stage, usually the Nike. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Sandia American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Sandia Laboratories, Albequerque, USA. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...

Associated Stages

Apache Chronology


1960 June 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Apache.
  • Test launch - . Nation: USA. Agency: New Mexico. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1960 Oct - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache.
  • HIGHBALL IC test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1960 Oct - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache.
  • HIGHBALL IB test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1960 Oct - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache.
  • HIGHBALL IA test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1961 Feb - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache.
  • HIGHBALL III test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 60.
  • HIGHBALL IH SN 9 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 20 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 62.
  • HIGHBALL IH SN 10 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 21 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 63.
  • HIGHBALL IE SN11 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 22 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 64.
  • HIGHBALL IH SN12 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 26 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 65.
  • HIGHBALL IH SN13 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 March 28 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Apache. LV Configuration: Apache HIGHBALL 67.
  • HIGHBALL IH SN14 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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