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Boosted Arcas



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Super Arcas
American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of a booster + 1 x Arcas second stage.

Failures: 4. Success Rate: 93.33%. First Fail Date: 1966-05-15. Last Fail Date: 1967-10-03.

Height: 3.40 m (11.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.11 m (0.36 ft).
Thrust: 1.00 kN (225 lbf).
Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).
First Launch: 1961.01.01.
Last Launch: 1972.11.02.
Number: 61 .

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See also
  • Arcas The Arcas (All-Purpose Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Soundings) was developed by the Atlantic Research Corporation for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) with the support of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Primarily a meteorological rocket, the Arcas was first fired in July 1959. The single-stage version was designed to lift 5.4 kg to 64 km. For more demanding missions, several versions of boosted Arcas were developed, as well as a stretched Super Arcas motor. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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...
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...
  • 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...
  • Andoya Andoya Rocket Range (ARR) is the world's northernmost permanent launch facility for sounding rockets and scientific balloons and is responsible for all scientific-related balloon and rocket operations in Norwegian territory. ARR provides complete services for launch, operations, data acquisition, recovery and ground instrumentation support. The range has conducted more than 650 rocket launches and hosted scientists and engineers from more than 70 institutes and universities. More...
  • Thumba Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 1385 launches from 1963 to 2004, reaching up to 400 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Cape Karikari Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 7 launches in 1965, reaching up to 88 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Nissaki-Karystos Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 4 launches in 1966, reaching up to 140 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Koroni Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 371 launches from 1966 to 1989, reaching up to 114 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Resolute Bay Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 17 launches from 1966 to 1971, reaching up to 200 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

Boosted Arcas Chronology


1961 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Test - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1963 October 8 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • UJO-1 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 89 km (55 mi).

1963 October 10 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • UJO-2 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1963 December 13 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • UJO-3 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1964 March 6 - . 23:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • UJO-4 (Na / Li) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: RTG. Apogee: 97 km (60 mi).

1965 March 1 - . 13:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.03II.
  • UJO-5 (Uppsala) Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: RTG; NASA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1965 March 2 - . 20:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.04II.
  • UJO-7 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Sweden. Agency: RTG; NASA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1965 March 16 - . 04:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.01GI.
  • Sylvester I Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NASA; NTNF. Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

1965 March 23 - . 05:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.02GI.
  • Sylvester II Ionosphere/Chemical release mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NASA; NTNF. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1965 May 25 - . 19:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L1. Launch Pad: L1?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.18GI.
  • Kiwi 1 range test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L1. Launch Pad: L1?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.05GI.
  • Kiwi 2 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 19:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L2. Launch Pad: L2?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.06GI.
  • Kiwi 3 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 19:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L1. Launch Pad: L1?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.07GI.
  • Kiwi 4 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L2. Launch Pad: L2?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.08GI.
  • Kiwi 5 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L1. Launch Pad: L1?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.09GI.
  • Kiwi 6 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 May 30 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Karikari. Launch Complex: Cape Karikari L2. Launch Pad: L2?. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.10GI.
  • Kiwi 7 Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1965 December 2 - . 02:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.20GI-II.
  • Arcas I Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NTNF. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1965 December 6 - . 13:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.19GI.
  • Sylvester III Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NTNF; NASA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1966 May 15 - . 09:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Nissaki-Karystos. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas AE001.
  • ESRO A23 / 1 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1966 May 15 - . 10:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.25GI. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.26GI.
  • Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 08:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP2. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas AE002. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ESRO A23 / 2 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 08:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.27GI.
  • Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 09:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Nissaki-Karystos. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas A003.
  • ESRO A23 / 3 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.28GI.
  • Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 09:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP2. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas A004.
  • ESRO A23 / 4 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 10:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP2. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas A005. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ESRO A23 / 5 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 10:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.29GI.
  • Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 10:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP2. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas A006.
  • ESRO A23 / 6 Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1966 May 20 - . 11:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.30GI.
  • Eclipse ionosphere / solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

1966 May 21 - . 09:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Koroni. Launch Complex: Koroni LP1. Launch Platform: RREC. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.31GI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1966 August 29 - . 12:38 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.12.
  • D-Region ionosphere-solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1966 August 29 - . 13:37 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.11.
  • D-Region ionosphere-solar mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 January 26 - . 18:45 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 April 1 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Japan. Agency: ISAS; NASA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1967 October 3 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 12.09GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Booster test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

1967 October 24 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Resolute Bay. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.32GI.
  • Magnetic North Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1967 October 24 - . 19:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Resolute Bay. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.33GI.
  • Magnetic North Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1968 March 8 - . 06:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.58UE.
  • ISRO 12.01 BRAHMA-I Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 83 km (51 mi).

1968 March 8 - . 12:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.59UE.
  • ISRO 12.02 BRAHMA-II Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1968 May 2 - . 22:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 325-1.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1968 June 10 - . 02:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 325-2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 95 km (59 mi).

1968 August 2 - . 02:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Resolute Bay. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.52GI.
  • D-region Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1968 August 2 - . 10:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Resolute Bay. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.34GI.
  • D-region Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1968 November 2 - . 16:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 325-4.
  • Ionosphere/Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1968 November 2 - . 21:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 325-5.
  • Ionosphere/Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1969 October 29 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.42UI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1971 February 20 - . 03:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.75UI.
  • Auroral particles Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1971 March 3 - . 06:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.89UI.
  • Auroral particles Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1972 January 15 - . 23:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.97UI.
  • ATT-BA-4 Auroral mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NASA; NRCC. Apogee: 53 km (32 mi).

1972 January 16 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.98UI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1972 November 2 - . 04:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas NASA 15.96UI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 57 km (35 mi).

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