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Skua



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Skua
Credit: via Jean-Jacques Serra
British sounding rocket. In 1959, the Royal Meteorological Office's High Altitude Research Unit contracted with Bristol Aerojet and RPE Wescott to develop a low-cost meteorological rocket designed to reach altitudes of 80 km. The resulting Skua design consisted of Chick boosters which burned for 0.2 seconds to blast the rocket 20 m above the 5 m launch tube. Then the Bantam second stage would ignite and boost the payload to altitude. Four Skua variants were flown over the years.

Failures: 4. Success Rate: 99.07%. First Fail Date: 1966-10-20. Last Fail Date: 1976-01-21. Launch data is: incomplete.

Status: Retired 1981.
Height: 2.20 m (7.20 ft).
Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft).
Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).
First Launch: 1962.01.01.
Last Launch: 1981.12.09.
Number: 429 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Skua In 1959, the Royal Meteorological Office's High Altitude Research Unit contracted with Bristol Aerojet and RPE Wescott to develop a low-cost meteorological rocket designed to reach altitudes of 80 km. The resulting Skua design consisted of Chick boosters which burned for 0.2 seconds to blast the rocket 20 m above the 5 m launch tube. Then the Bantam second stage would ignite and boost the payload to altitude. Four Skua variants were flown over the years. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Bristol Canadian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Bristol Aerospace Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 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.

Skua Chronology


1964 January 12 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Wind,Temp - . Nation: UK. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1964 January 15 - . 19:00 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Wind,Temp - . Nation: UK. Apogee: 57 km (35 mi).

1964 January 17 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Wind,Temp - . Nation: UK. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1964 January 23 - . 23:00 GMT - . Launch Site: South Uist. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Wind,Temp - . Nation: UK. Apogee: 40 km (24 mi).

1966 Nov - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1966 Nov - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1968 August 15 - . 02:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S101.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1968 September 4 - . 12:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S102.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 58 km (36 mi).

1968 September 18 - . 11:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S103.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 64 km (39 mi).

1968 October 10 - . 00:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S104.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi).

1968 November 7 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S105.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 63 km (39 mi).

1968 November 19 - . 12:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S106.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1968 November 20 - . 17:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S107.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1968 December 2 - . 22:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua S108.
  • Met - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 6 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 4 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 1 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 3 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 5 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 7 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 8 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 10 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 11 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 2 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 12 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1970 Sep - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Gan Diurnal 9 - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1972 Jul - . Launch Site: Gan Island. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • - . Nation: Maldives. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1973 September 21 - . 03:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).

1973 September 21 - . 15:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1973 September 22 - . 04:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1973 September 25 - . 00:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1973 September 25 - . 18:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1973 September 26 - . 01:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 64 km (39 mi).

1973 September 26 - . 14:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1973 September 27 - . 14:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1973 September 28 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).

1973 September 29 - . 03:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1973 October 1 - . 04:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Kourou. Launch Vehicle: Skua. LV Configuration: Skua CIMO.
  • BMO Sonde - . Nation: France. Apogee: 53 km (32 mi).

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