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Rook


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British test vehicle. Single stage vehicle consisting of a Rook solid rocket motor. Used initially for supersonic tests of aircraft models.

The Rook motor was 0.43 m in diameter and 5.28 m long. It contained a case-bonded charge of 846 kg of non-aluminized plastic propellant giving a total impulse of 1760 kN-seconds in 5.6 seconds; with a maximum thrust of 323 kN and a specific impulse of 213 seconds. The motor was capable of withstanding the 40g acceleration it provided during firing. It was employed as the first propulsion stage of the Leopard and Jaguar (Jabiru) supersonic test vehicles, and by itself in single-stage test applications.

Failures: 2. Success Rate: 92.00%. First Fail Date: 1959-06-29. Last Fail Date: 1959-07-07. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1972.
Gross mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb).
Height: 5.00 m (16.40 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).
First Launch: 1959.06.29.
Last Launch: 1972.06.22.
Number: 15 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
  • Rook Royal Ordnance solid rocket engine. 300 kN. Out of production. Fast-burning version of Raven. Rook was fired 70 times altogether, in 65 flights and 16 different vehicle designs. More...

See also
  • Rook Single stage vehicle consisting of a Rook solid rocket motor. Used initially for supersonic tests of aircraft models. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • RAE British agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Royal Aerospace Establishment, UK. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.
  • Serra, Jean-Jacques, Rockets in Europe, 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...
  • Aberporth The Aberporth military test range is located on Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. It already became associated with solid rocket tests during the Second World War. Development of surface-to-air missiles began there in 1948 and tests were made of re-entry and high-speed aircraft shapes in the 1960's. Due to the military nature of the site, the only sounding rocket launches have been to support military test operations. These included 40 known launches from 1959 to 1972. 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
  • Rook II Solid rocket stage. 300.00 kN (67,443 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,057 kg (2,330 lb). More...

Rook Chronology


1959 June 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1959 July 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1960? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2?. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1J.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 July 14 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1H.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1960 November 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1I.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 April 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook R1K.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra23.
  • Ranger 23 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
  • Ranger test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 January 19 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra26.
  • Ranger 26 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Bo1.
  • Bonorong 1 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1964 December 10 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra28.
  • Ranger 28 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1965 July 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra30.
  • Ranger 30 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 May 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1967 September 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ra32.
  • Ranger 32 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1972 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook. LV Configuration: Rook Ba5.
  • Badger 5 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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