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INTA-255


Spanish sounding rocket. Vehicle consisting of 4 x Chick + 1 x Goose. All motors ignited simultaneously at lift-off, the Chicks burning for 0.2 seconds, while the Goose continued for 17 seconds.

The requirement was to boost a 15 kg payload up to 150 km. The technology acquired during the development and brief firing program led to the more ambitious INTA-300.

Gross mass: 340 kg (740 lb).
Height: 6.03 m (19.78 ft).
Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft).
Thrust: 42.00 kN (9,441 lbf).
Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).
First Launch: 1969.07.19.
Last Launch: 1970.12.22.
Number: 3 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • INTA The Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial was tasked in 1967 to develop Spain's first sounding rocket. INTA contracted with British Aerojet to provide the necessary technical expertise and designed a rocket built from existing British solid motors. This was followed by versions using Spanish-manufactured versions of British motors. The stop-and-go program extended over nearly 30 years. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • INTA Spanish agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial, Torrejon, Spain. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • El Arenosillo Spanish sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 335 launches from 1966 to 1994, reaching up to 700 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • INTA-255-1 Solid rocket stage. 22.00 kN (4,946 lbf) thrust. Mass 300 kg (661 lb). More...

INTA-255 Chronology


1969 July 19 - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-255. LV Configuration: INTA-255 1.
  • Booster test - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1969 December 20 - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-255. LV Configuration: INTA-255 2.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1970 December 22 - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-255. LV Configuration: INTA-255 3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

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