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Boosted Arcas 2


American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x MARC 42A1 + 1 x Arcas

Failures: 3. First Fail Date: 1968-09-20. Last Fail Date: 1969-04-19.

Height: 3.40 m (11.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.11 m (0.36 ft).
Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).
First Launch: 1966.07.25.
Last Launch: 1971.10.13.
Number: 25 .

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Associated Countries
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...
  • Kiruna The sounding rocket launch site at Kiruna was officially opened in September 1966 under the auspices of ESRO (European Space Research Organisation). When ESA was created in 1972 and replaced ESRO, Kiruna came under the management of the Swedish Space Corporation, a state-owned limited liability company under the Swedish Ministry of Industry. The 'Esrange' is located 45 km from the town of Kiruna and has seven permanent pads able to launch the largest sounding rockets, including the Black Brant 9, Skylark 12, and Castor 4B-boosted vehicles. 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 2 Chronology


1966 July 25 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2.
  • Test 1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

1968 April 14 - . 02:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1968 April 14 - . 05:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1968 April 17 - . 20:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 12.10GT.
  • MARC 42A2 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 8.00 km (4.90 mi).

1968 August 12 - . 12:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 AE007.
  • ESRO A50 / 1 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1968 August 25 - . 16:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 AE008.
  • ESRO A50 / 2 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 109 km (67 mi).

1968 September 20 - . 19:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 12.16GT. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Launcher test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 43 km (26 mi).

1968 October 24 - . 20:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.43II.
  • RTG SA1 / 1-K68 Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1969 January 17 - . 00:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.44II. FAILURE: Failure.
  • RTG SA1 / 2-A69 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1969 January 18 - . 19:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.45II.
  • RTG SA1 / 3-A69 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; RTG. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1969 January 27 - . 19:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.47GT.
  • Res Bay Eval test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 102 km (63 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 02:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 325-4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 05:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 325-5.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 21:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 325-6.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; ESSA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1969 April 19 - . 00:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 AMM-BA-1.
  • O / OH profile Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1969 April 19 - . 01:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 AMM-BA-2.
  • O / OH profile Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1969 April 19 - . 04:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 AMM-BA-3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • O / OH profile Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Apogee: 55 km (34 mi).

1969 October 10 - . 01:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Resolute Bay. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.53GI.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1970 March 27 - . 12:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.63UE.
  • ISRO-12.04 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1970 March 27 - . 13:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.64UE.
  • ISRO-12.05 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1970 March 27 - . 13:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.65UE.
  • ISRO-12.06 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 97 km (60 mi).

1971 January 29 - . 19:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.50UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 122 km (75 mi).

1971 August 10 - . 20:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.14GI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1971 October 13 - . 17:50 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1971 October 13 - . 19:59 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Boosted Arcas 2. LV Configuration: Boosted Arcas 2 NASA 15.15GI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 63 km (39 mi).

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