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Martlet 3



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Martlet-3A Drawing
Canadian sounding rocket. Single stage, gun-launched vehicle.

Gross mass: 200 kg (440 lb).
Height: 1.70 m (5.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft).
Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).
First Launch: 1963.09.05.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Gun-launched Artillery dominated military ballistics from the earliest use of gunpowder. In 1865 Jules Verne could only realistically consider a cannon for a moon launch in his influential novel. Even after the rocket established its primacy as a method of accessing space, Canadian Gerald Bull began a life-long struggle to use guns for cheap access to space. His successes could not generate funding to continue. Others since then have pursued the technology, convinced it was the only way for low-cost delivery of payloads to orbit. More...
  • Martlet In 1962-1967 Canada's Gerard Bull led development of the Martlet system for gun-launched access to space. The program was cancelled before the objective of gun launch to orbit was attained. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Bull Canadian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Bull, Canada. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Barbados Sounding rocket launch site located on island in the Caribbean. It was also from here that Gerard Bull tested his Martlet series of gun-launched sounding rockets. Known to have been used for 40 launches from 1963 to 1968, reaching up to 150 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Barbados Sounding rocket launch site located on island in the Caribbean. It was also from here that Gerard Bull tested his Martlet series of gun-launched sounding rockets. Known to have been used for 40 launches from 1963 to 1968, reaching up to 150 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

Martlet 3 Chronology


1963 September 5 - . Launch Site: Barbados. Launch Complex: Barbados HARP. LV Family: Martlet. Launch Vehicle: Martlet 3.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: HARP. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). The Martlet 3A gun-launched rocket program began in the spring of 1963 with test flights beginning in September. Early Martlet 3A test flights were less then successful. At launch loads of 5000-6000 gs the rocket motor fuel grain would fail.The Martlet 3A set a world record as the largest rocket launched from a gun.

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