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Cockatoo


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The Cockatoo solid-propellant sounding rocket replaced HAD at Woomera in 1970, and consisted of a British Gosling I first stage and an Australian Lupus 1 second stage.

A much larger vehicle than Kookaburra, Cockatoo could attain altitudes of 130 kilometers. Over sixty Cockatoos were launched during through 1975, about two-thirds of them falling sphere trials as a continuation of the earlier HAD program. Cockatoo had greater capabilities and most of its other flights were lithium-trail experiments to measure winds and turbulence at about 80 kilometers altitude. It also made measurements of ozone concentration, ultraviolet radiation and ionospheric conditions.

Four Gosling motors with canted nozzles were used as boosters for the British Thunderbird ramjet surface-to-air missile. 664 Gosling IV motors were supplied for the Thunderbird, Bloodhound, and Seaslug Mark II missiles.

For sounding rocket applications, motors were supplied with in-line nozzles. The Gosling IV had an a all up mass of 256 kg, was 3.00 m long, and 0.254 m in diameter. It produced an average thrust of 124 kN over its 3.15 second burn time.

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1973.
Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb).
Height: 6.60 m (21.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft).
Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).
First Launch: 1970.04.16.
Last Launch: 1976.05.27.
Number: 33 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • WRE Australian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Australian Weapons Research Establishment, Australia. 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...
  • Woomera LA2 Stonechat, Skylark, Rook, Jaguar, Black Brant, Lorikeet, Long Tom, Kookaburra, HAD, Corella, Cockatoo, Aero High launch complex. Sounding rocket launcher More...

Associated Stages
  • Cockatoo-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 200 kg. Thrust 152.00 kN. More...

Cockatoo Chronology


1970 April 16 - . 06:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo COCKATOO 0101.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 April 16 - . 10:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo COCKATOO 0102.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 May 21 - . 10:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo COCKATOO 0104.
  • Lunar ultraviolet Ozone Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1970 May 26 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo COCKATOO 0103.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 October 21 - . 09:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 106.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 November 6 - . 03:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 108.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1970 November 12 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 105.
  • Lunar ultraviolet Ozone Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 104 km (64 mi).

1971 March 2 - . 10:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 110.
  • MPE Barium release? Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 218 km (135 mi).

1971 May 18 - . 08:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 112.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 July 19 - . 08:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1016.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 August 24 - . 09:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1017.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 September 20 - . 09:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1018.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 October 18 - . 09:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1019.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 November 8 - . 09:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1022.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 December 15 - . 10:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1025.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 February 3 - . 10:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1023.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 February 23 - . 10:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1024.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 March 22 - . 09:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1026.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 April 19 - . 10:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1027.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 May 18 - . 08:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1030.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 May 29 - . 10:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1014.
  • Fields mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1972 June 15 - . 08:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1033.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1972 July 20 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1020.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1972 November 22 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1029.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1973 January 25 - . 01:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 122 km (75 mi).

1973 June 20 - . 23:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Li release - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1973 August 14 - . 08:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 4001.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 121 km (75 mi).

1973 October 22 - . 09:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 4002.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 138 km (85 mi).

1974 June 28 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4006.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1974 October 1 - . 23:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4009.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

1974 October 2 - . 07:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4007.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

1975 April 28 - . 23:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4018.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

1976 May 27 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 4020.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

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