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Black Brant 7


Canadian sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle.

LEO Payload: 9.00 kg (19.80 lb). Payload: 9.00 kg (19.80 lb) to a GTO.

AKA: Black Brant VII.
Status: Retired 1972.
Payload: 9.00 kg (19.80 lb).
Height: 2.10 m (6.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.0900 m (0.2950 ft).
Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).
First Launch: 1970.12.15.
Last Launch: 1972.01.27.
Number: 20 .

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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

Black Brant 7 Chronology


1970 December 15 - . 19:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • MDSS-001 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1970 December 16 - . 15:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • MDSS-002 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1970 December 16 - . 17:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • MDSS-003 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1970 December 16 - . 20:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • MDSS-004 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1971 April 26 - . 15:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-006 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 29 km (18 mi).

1971 April 26 - . 17:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-005 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 29 km (18 mi).

1971 April 26 - . 18:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-008 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 37 km (22 mi).

1971 April 26 - . 19:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-009 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1971 April 26 - . 20:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-007 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 14:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-010 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 38 km (23 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 15:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-011 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 36 km (22 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 16:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-012 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 38 km (23 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 17:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-013 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 34 km (21 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 18:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-014 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 18:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-015 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1971 May 5 - . 19:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-016 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 35 km (21 mi).

1972 January 27 - . 15:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-064 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 38 km (23 mi).

1972 January 27 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-065 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 34 km (21 mi).

1972 January 27 - . 19:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-056 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 34 km (21 mi).

1972 January 27 - . 21:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 7.
  • F-EXM-052 test - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Bristol. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

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