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HJ Nike Nike


American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x M-6 + 1 x Nike + 1 x Nike

Failures: 2. First Fail Date: 1964-02-06. Last Fail Date: 1966-05-11.

Status: Retired 1970.
Height: 10.00 m (32.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.58 m (1.90 ft).
Thrust: 365.00 kN (82,055 lbf).
Apogee: 170 km (100 mi).
First Launch: 1957.10.25.
Last Launch: 1970.06.20.
Number: 26 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Honest John Unguided single-stage solid-propellant US Army missile developed by Douglas Aircraft. It was later used as the booster stage for a range of sounding rockets, test vehicles, and targets. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA Langley American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Langley, USA. More...

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...
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...
  • Eglin This US Air Force proving ground and missile test range, based in Valparaiso, Florida and extending over a vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, was founded in 1935, In early 1946 the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated at Eglin. The highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range supported flight tests of Bomarc, Matador, Quail, and Hound Dog cruise missiles. Both the military and NASA used Eglin to support launch of sounding rockets in support of their programs. Eglin was known to have been used for 441 launches from 1959 to 1980, reaching up to 686 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests was many times greater. More...
  • Barking Sands Military missile test and sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1962 to present. Sandia National Laboratories operates the Kauai Test Facility for the Department of Energy and, through inter-Service Support Agreements provides the Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility with rocket launch services for target systems and upper atmosphere measurements. PMRF/KTF is recognized in the INF Treaty as an authorized site from which launches of the STARS missile can be conducted. The site was recently involved in anti-ballistic missile tests. Known to have been used for 2320 launches from 1962 to 2007, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Vandenberg LC-A Scout, Javelin, Honest John, Black Brant, Astrobee, Asp, Seagull, Journeyman, Dac Roc launch complex. Launch Complex A, Naval Missile Facility, Point Arguello More...

Associated Stages
  • HJ Nike Nike-3 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 599/256 kg. Thrust 195.60 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 195 seconds. The average sea level thrust of the Nike rocket motor was 190.3 kN. The interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Nike and consisted of a conical shaped adapter which slip-fit into the second stage nozzle, thus providing for drag separation at Nike burnout. Each Nike fin was 0.45 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide a two revolutions per second spin rate at Nike burnout. More...
  • HJ Nike-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 1,900/954 kg. Thrust 365.00 kN. Rocket motor originally developed for the Army Honest John tactical missile. In sounding rocket applications the interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Taurus and consisted of a conical shaped adapter which slip-fit into the second stage nozzle, thus providing for drag separation at Taurus burnout. Each Taurus fin was 0.46 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide a two revolutions per second spin rate at Taurus burnout. The weight of the booster system is 3005 pounds. More...

HJ Nike Nike Chronology


1957 October 25 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike.
  • GE RV Model test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1958 February 28 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike.
  • GE RV Model test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1958 October 13 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike.
  • E41 model test flight - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1959 May 25 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike.
  • Glide Rocket Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1962 November 2 - . 04:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.462.
  • Firefly III LISA Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 170 km (100 mi).

1962 November 28 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.454.
  • Firefly III MABEL Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 121 km (75 mi).

1962 December 4 - . 00:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.466.
  • Firefly III IVY Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1962 December 4 - . 04:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.455.
  • Firefly III DINAH Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

1962 December 5 - . 01:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.460.
  • Firefly III PATSY Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 December 6 - . 10:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.459.
  • Firefly III EVA Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 89 km (55 mi).

1962 December 12 - . 23:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.456.
  • Firefly III NETTY Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

1962 December 14 - . 23:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike AC20.458.
  • Firefly III OLGA Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1963 November 18 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LC-A. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike HAD-1.
  • LRL HAD-1 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 163 km (101 mi).

1964 February 6 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LC-A. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike HAD-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • LRL HAD-2 Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1964 March 14 - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg LC-A. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike HAD-3.
  • LRL HAD-3 Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Livermore. Apogee: 143 km (88 mi).

1964 November 30 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-13.
  • LRL Payload test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 168 km (104 mi).

1965 March 4 - . 18:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-16.
  • LRL Payload test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 181 km (112 mi).

1965 June 12 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-80.
  • LRL BOX-1 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 172 km (106 mi).

1965 November 16 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-90.
  • LRL RCS-1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 183 km (113 mi).

1966 May 11 - . 23:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-81. FAILURE: Failure.
  • LRL ROX-1 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1966 July 28 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike Sandia 152-44.
  • LRL RCS-2 (Daisy 2) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 173 km (107 mi).

1968? - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike.
  • Ballute test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1968 October 23 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike PEPP.
  • SHAPE Parachute test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 53 km (32 mi).

1968 December 11 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike PEPP.
  • SHAPE Parachute test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 53 km (32 mi).

1969 December 16 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike PEPP.
  • 40-ft DGB Para - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1970 June 20 - . 17:15 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Nike. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Nike PEPP.
  • SHAPE Parachute test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 44 km (27 mi).

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