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Arcon



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Arcon
American sounding rocket. Similar to the Deacon and Cajun. Developed by the Atlantic Research Corp. for NRL. First used in 1958. Designed to lift 18 kg to 113 km. The two-stage vehicle consisted of two Arcon motors in tandem.

Failures: 7. Success Rate: 22.22%. First Fail Date: 1958-07-16. Last Fail Date: 1959-08-07. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1959.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 4.00 m (13.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.15 m (0.49 ft).
Thrust: 14.00 kN (3,147 lbf).
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1958.07.16.
Last Launch: 1959.08.07.
Number: 9 .

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

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...

Associated Stages
  • Arcon-1 Solid rocket stage. 4.50 kN (1,012 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

Arcon Chronology


1958 July 16 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NRL-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1958 July 21 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon SEL-1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA SRDL. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1958 July 22 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 May 14 - . 17:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.01GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 68 km (42 mi).

1959 May 15 - . 17:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.02GT.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1959 May 15 - . 22:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.03GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1959 August 7 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.04GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1959 August 7 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.06GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1959 August 7 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Arcon. LV Configuration: Arcon NASA 2.05GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

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