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INTA-300



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INTA-300
Spanish sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Heron + 1 x Snipe

In 1968 Spain's Nactional Space Plan proclaimed the requirement for an indigenous sounding rocket that could carry a 50 kg payload to 300 km. Following initial experience with the INTA-255, British Aerojet assisted the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial in development of this larger rocket. The Aneto first stage burned for 3 seconds, followed by the Teide second stage generating 16.3 kN over a 16 second burn time. Stabilisation was by four small spin motors at the tips of the fins. Development proceeded at a slow rate during the 1970's, culminating in a fully successful launch in 1981. But at that point funding for the project was cut off.

Funds again became available nearly a decade later. Three sets of motors remained in storage, and one set was test-fired to verify their safety. Two final launches were made with the remaining motors. These modified rockets, with heavier and wider payloads, were designated INTA-300B.

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1978-06-28. Last Fail Date: 1978-06-28.

AKA: Flamenco.
Gross mass: 503 kg (1,108 lb).
Height: 7.27 m (23.85 ft).
Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft).
Thrust: 138.00 kN (31,023 lbf).
Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).
First Launch: 1974.10.09.
Last Launch: 1981.02.18.
Number: 4 .

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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
  • Fulmar-2 Solid rocket stage. 16.00 kN (3,597 lbf) thrust. Mass 200 kg (441 lb). More...
  • INTA-300-1 Solid rocket stage. 137.00 kN (30,799 lbf) thrust. Mass 300 kg (661 lb). More...

INTA-300 Chronology


1974 October 9 - . 04:49 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-300. LV Configuration: INTA-300 F-74001.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 254 km (157 mi). Summary: Failed to reach expected altitude..

1975 October 21 - . 11:42 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-300. LV Configuration: INTA-300 F-75001.
  • Aeronomy / test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 240 km (140 mi). Summary: Failed to reach expected altitude..

1978 June 28 - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-300. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1981 February 18 - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: INTA. Launch Vehicle: INTA-300.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 285 km (177 mi). Summary: First completely successful launch..

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