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Castor Lance


American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Castor + 1 x Lance

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1985-06-17. Last Fail Date: 1985-06-17.

Diameter: 0.79 m (2.59 ft).
Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).
First Launch: 1973.05.25.
Last Launch: 1985.06.17.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Sergeant Single-stage solid-propulsion tactical ballistic missile developed for the US Army. Surplus rockets and the Sergeant's rocket motor (known commercially as Castor) became the basis for many sounding rockets. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • JPL American agency;manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Natal Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 233 launches from 1965 to 2007, reaching up to 1100 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • Castor 1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 3,852/535 kg. Thrust 286.00 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 247 seconds. More...

Castor Lance Chronology


1973 May 25 - . 15:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor Lance. LV Configuration: Castor Lance CRL A44.320-01.
  • Infrared Radiometer Aeronomy infrared mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 569 km (353 mi).

1985 June 17 - . 04:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor Lance. LV Configuration: Castor Lance GL A44.362. FAILURE: Failure.
  • BEAM Infrared astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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