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Kookaburra


Australian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Lupus + 1 x Musca

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

Status: Retired 1976.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 3.40 m (11.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.12 m (0.39 ft).
Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).
First Launch: 1968.08.16.
Last Launch: 1976.06.30.
Number: 65 .

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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...
  • Gan Island Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 21 launches from 1969 to 1970, reaching up to 66 kilometers altitude. 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

Kookaburra Chronology


1968 August 16 - . 01:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K113.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

1968 September 4 - . 10:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K115.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1968 September 18 - . 12:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K114.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 76 km (47 mi).

1968 October 9 - . 00:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K119.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

1968 October 10 - . 01:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K117.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1968 November 7 - . 20:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K118.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 91 km (56 mi).

1968 November 19 - . 11:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K120.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1968 November 20 - . 18:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K123.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1969 April 16 - . 14:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1969 April 18 - . 14:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi).

1969 April 21 - . 14:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1969 April 23 - . 14:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1969 April 24 - . 14:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 64 km (39 mi).

1969 April 27 - . 19:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 63 km (39 mi).

1969 April 29 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1969 May 1 - . 20:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1969 May 3 - . 13:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 64 km (39 mi).

1969 May 3 - . 19:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1969 September 23 - . 14:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1969 September 26 - . 15:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 31 km (19 mi).

1969 December 9 - . 01:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 138.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 73 km (45 mi).

1970 March 6 - . 02:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 140.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1970 March 10 - . 03:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 139.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1970 March 10 - . 14:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 12 - . 03:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 141.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1970 March 12 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 13 - . 14:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 14 - . 14:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 16 - . 02:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 142.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 38 km (23 mi).

1970 March 16 - . 14:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 18 - . 14:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 20 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 22 - . 15:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 March 23 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Meteorological mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1970 May 21 - . 02:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 143.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1970 May 26 - . 03:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 144.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1970 May 26 - . 14:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K145.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 43 km (26 mi).

1970 July 14 - . 03:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 146.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1970 August 31 - . 09:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K147.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1970 October 21 - . 09:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K148.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1970 October 21 - . 09:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K149.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 November 5 - . 16:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K151.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1970 November 6 - . 03:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K150.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 February 2 - . 02:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K152.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 March 2 - . 18:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K153.
1971 May 18 - . 02:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K154.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 May 18 - . 08:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K155.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 June 22 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K156.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 July 19 - . 08:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1057.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 July 20 - . 02:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1058.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 September 21 - . 01:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1059.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 October 18 - . 09:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1060.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1971 November 26 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1061.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 February 23 - . 03:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1062.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 March 22 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1063.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 April 19 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1064.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 May 18 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1065.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1972 August 23 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1066.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 September 13 - . 04:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1067.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 November 15 - . 02:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1069.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1972 December 13 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra WRE K1070.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1973 September 19 - . 09:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 2007.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 121 km (75 mi).

1973 October 17 - . 09:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 2008.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).

1973 November 21 - . 10:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra. LV Configuration: Kookaburra 2009.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

1976 June 30 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Kookaburra.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

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