Encyclopedia Astronautica
Blue Streak


British intermediate range ballistic missile. Cancelled 1960

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: complete. Standard warhead: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb). Maximum range: 4,000 km (2,400 mi). Number Standard Warheads: 1. Warhead yield: 3,000 KT. Boost Propulsion: Liquid rocket, Lox/Kerosene. Initial Operational Capability: 1960.

Status: Retired 1965.
Gross mass: 90,000 kg (198,000 lb).
Payload: 1,360 kg (2,990 lb).
Height: 18.75 m (61.51 ft).
Diameter: 3.05 m (10.00 ft).
Span: 3.35 m (10.99 ft).
Thrust: 1,222.80 kN (274,896 lbf).
Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).
First Launch: 1964.06.04.
Last Launch: 1965.03.21.
Number: 3 .

More... - Chronology...


Associated Countries
See also
  • missile Guided self-propelled military weapon (as opposed to rocket, an unguided self-propelled weapon). More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • ELDO European agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. European Launcher Development Organisation, Europe. More...

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

Associated Launch Sites
  • Woomera After World War II British government recognized the need for a large range to test the incredible array of long-range missile systems then planned. After considering sites in Canada, it was decided that Australia would best meet the projected needs. The Long Range Weapons Establishment was created on 1 April 1947 as a joint British/Australian enterprise. 23 days later the name Woomera (an aboriginal word of axtlaxtl, or spear thrower) was selected for the new town to be built as its administrative center. Woomera town peaked at a population of 6,000 in the 1960's. Thereafter the progressive cancellation of British missile and space projects put Woomera went into sustained decline. However it played a key role in the history of rocketry, including orbital launches or launch attempts by Black Arrow, Sparta, and Europa boosters. More...

Associated Stages
  • Europa-1 Lox/Kerosene propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 89,406/6,997 kg. Thrust 1,672.67 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 282 seconds. More...

Blue Streak Chronology


1964 June 4 - . 23:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA6A. Launch Vehicle: Blue Streak. LV Configuration: Blue Streak F-1.
  • Blue Streak only. Successful. - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ELDO. Apogee: 157 km (97 mi).

1964 October 19 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA6A. Launch Vehicle: Blue Streak. LV Configuration: Blue Streak F-2.
  • Blue Streak only. Successful. - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ELDO. Apogee: 243 km (150 mi).

1965 March 21 - . 23:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA6A. Launch Vehicle: Blue Streak. LV Configuration: Blue Streak F-3.
  • Blue Streak only. Successful. - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ELDO. Apogee: 263 km (163 mi).

Home - Browse - Contact
© / Conditions for Use