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Black Brant 5


Canadian sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Black Brant VA, VB, or VC.

The standard payload configuration for the Black Brant V vehicle was 44 cm in diameter with a 3:1 ogive nose cone shape. Payload length for the Black Brant 5 meters and weight was limited to approximately 540 kg. Because of the relatively high dynamic pressures, bulbous (larger than 44 cm diameter) payloads could not be accommodated on the Black Brant V vehicle. Standard hardware systems that were available for Black Brant V motors included aft recovery systems for 340 kg or 450 kg recovered weights. An Ogive Recovery System Assembly (ORSA) for the same weight ranges, payload separation systems (including a High Velocity Separation System) and despin systems were also available. These units were modular "stackable" such that a great deal of flexibility existed to meet experiment requirements.

Payload: 68 kg (149 lb) to a 387 km altitude.

Gross mass: 1,197 kg (2,638 lb).
Payload: 68 kg (149 lb).
Height: 8.15 m (26.73 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 111.00 kN (24,953 lbf).
Apogee: 387 km (240 mi).
First Launch: 2011.07.10.
Last Launch: 2011.07.10.
Number: 1 .

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See also
  • Black Brant The Black Brant originated in a 1957 Canadian government requirement for a sounding rocket to characterize the ionosphere in order to improve military communications. Bristol Aerospace of Winnipeg, Manitoba was selected to design the rocket, while the Canadian Armament Research and Development Establishment (CARDE) was responsible for the propellant and filling. The lighter production version of the vehicle was renamed Black Brant. Later versions of Black Brant used a variety of booster and upper stages to supplement the original single-stage vehicle. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Bristol Canadian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Bristol Aerospace Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More...

Black Brant 5 Chronology


2011 July 10 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA2. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 5.
  • NASA 21.140GE - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 158 km (98 mi). Summary: Ionosphere mission..

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