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Lorikeet


Australian test vehicle. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Dorado + 1 x Lupus

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

Status: Retired 1976.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 5.00 m (16.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.12 m (0.39 ft).
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1973.10.01.
Last Launch: 1976.08.11.
Number: 7 .

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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
  • Dorado Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 100 kg. More...

Lorikeet Chronology


1973 Q4 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1974? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1974? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1976 February 24 - . 21:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet. LV Configuration: Lorikeet 2013.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1976 June 30 - . 01:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet. LV Configuration: Lorikeet Mk 2 2012.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 105 km (65 mi).

1976 August 10 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet. LV Configuration: Lorikeet 1002.
  • Mass Spec - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1976 August 11 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Lorikeet. LV Configuration: Lorikeet 1003.
  • Mass Spec - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

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