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Black Brant 6


Canadian sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

Failures: 5. First Fail Date: 1972-07-12. Last Fail Date: 1979-04-27.

AKA: Black Brant VI.
Status: Retired 1979.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 2.80 m (9.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.12 m (0.39 ft).
Thrust: 7.00 kN (1,574 lbf).
Apogee: 72 km (44 mi).
First Launch: 1969.10.01.
Last Launch: 1979.04.28.
Number: 28 .

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Associated Countries
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...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Fort Churchill Fort Churchill is an Arctic site on Hudson Bay with a rail link. It is near the point of maximum auroral activity. This combination of circumstances made it ideal for far-north sounding rocket launches. In 1954, the Canadian Army conducted the first series of rocket firings at Fort Churchill. Following a period of inactivity, construction of more elaborate facilities in support of the International Geophysical Year began in 1956. IGY firings began in July 1957. The range was closed again in December 1958 after the IGY program ended. It was reopened again in August 1959 by the US Army as part of its network of sounding rocket stations. This allowed use of the site by other groups over the years. More...

Associated Stages
  • 9KS1660 Solid rocket stage. 7.40 kN (1,664 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb). More...

Black Brant 6 Chronology


1969 October 1 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI RDT&E XM-75.
  • Test 1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1972 July 12 - . 19:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-019 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 71 km (44 mi).

1972 July 12 - . 20:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-020 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 72 km (44 mi).

1972 July 12 - . 22:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • MDSS FP-022 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 14 km (8 mi).

1972 July 12 - . 23:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-021 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 00:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • MDSS FP-023 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 00:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-025 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 77 km (47 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 18:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. FAILURE: Failure.
  • MDSS FP-028 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 19:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-029 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 21:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-027 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1972 July 13 - . 23:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-026 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

1972 July 14 - . 14:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6.
  • MDSS FP-024 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1973 May 16 - . 11:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AAF-VI-01.
  • Dust collector Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1974 March 22 - . 16:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AAF-VI-02. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Dust collector Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1974 March 26 - . 21:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AAF-VI-04.
  • Dust collector Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1974 April 23 - . 04:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-03.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1975 May 12 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI 11-75.
  • 12cm Sphere - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1975 October 31 - . 07:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-07.
  • Not in FC Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1976 May 11 - . 15:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AAF-VI-10.
  • Sep system test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1977 February 27 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AQF-VI-05.
  • Non-acoustic waves Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1977 March 5 - . 04:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-09.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1977 March 8 - . 04:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-08.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1978 February 8 - . 04:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AQF-VI-06.
  • Coherent pulse radar Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1978 February 27 - . 05:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-14.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 55 km (34 mi).

1978 February 28 - . 03:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-15.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 57 km (35 mi).

1978 April 18 - . 19:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AAF-VI-13.
  • Dust collector Meteorites mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1979 April 27 - . 06:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-16. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1979 April 28 - . 06:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 6. LV Configuration: Black Brant VI AKF-VI-17.
  • Auroral X-rays Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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