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Sandhawk Tomahawk


American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Sandhawk + 1 x Tomahawk

Failures: 4. First Fail Date: 1972-03-05. Last Fail Date: 1973-02-05.

Gross mass: 1,000 kg (2,200 lb).
Height: 9.00 m (29.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.33 m (1.08 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Apogee: 550 km (340 mi).
First Launch: 1969.05.01.
Last Launch: 1974.03.16.
Number: 11 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Sandia American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Sandia Laboratories, Albequerque, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Poker Flat Sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1969 to present. Poker Flat Rocket Range (PFRR) contains five major launch pads. Pads 1 and 2 each have a 7.5K launcher, pads 3 and 4 each contain 20K MRL launchers, and pad 5 contains a 4K twin boom launcher. Pad 3 is equipped with a moveable launcher enclosure which can be used to protect a rocket on pad 3 and workers from the severe winter weather. More...
  • Barking Sands Military missile test and sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1962 to present. Sandia National Laboratories operates the Kauai Test Facility for the Department of Energy and, through inter-Service Support Agreements provides the Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility with rocket launch services for target systems and upper atmosphere measurements. PMRF/KTF is recognized in the INF Treaty as an authorized site from which launches of the STARS missile can be conducted. The site was recently involved in anti-ballistic missile tests. Known to have been used for 2320 launches from 1962 to 2007, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Thumba Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 1385 launches from 1963 to 2004, reaching up to 400 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

Sandhawk Tomahawk Chronology


1969 May 1 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-128.
  • Dualhawk-9 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 528 km (328 mi).

1970 October 1 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-134.
  • Dualhawk-9 test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 515 km (320 mi).

1971 October 18 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk BUBIA.
  • Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 470 km (290 mi).

1971 October 19 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk BUBIA.
  • Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 467 km (290 mi).

1972 March 5 - . 14:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk DLR T-DH-43. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ISRO 21.01 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO; DLR. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi).

1972 March 7 - . 06:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-188.
  • Ba OOSIK Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1972 March 11 - . 14:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Thumba. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk DLT T-DH-44. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ISRO 21.02 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: India. Agency: ISRO; DLR. Apogee: 52 km (32 mi).

1972 October 9 - . 12:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-191.
  • Ba CHACHALACA Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1972 October 11 - . 13:13 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-192. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Barium release FAISON Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1973 February 5 - . 04:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk Sandia 152-201. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Barium release ZURITA Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1974 March 16 - . 12:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Sandhawk Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Sandhawk Tomahawk [Strypi Tomahawk?].
  • Acanta / Contiga Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 576 km (357 mi).

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