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Rook IIIA


British test vehicle.

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: 1965.05.12.
Last Launch: 1971.07.03.
Number: 10 .

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Associated Countries
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...

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 IIIA Solid rocket stage. 300.00 kN (67,443 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,057 kg (2,330 lb). More...

Rook IIIA Chronology


1965 May 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly4.
  • Lynx 4 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 July 11 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly6.
  • Lynx 6 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 August 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob1.
  • Oberon 1 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1968 October 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob2.
  • Oberon 2 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1969 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly5.
  • Lynx 5 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1969 November 26 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ob3.
  • Oberon 3 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1970 February 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly8.
  • Lynx 8 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ori23.
  • Test mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 July 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA F1.
  • FFARV test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1971 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA. LV Configuration: Rook IIIA Ly7.
  • Lynx 7 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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