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Skua 3


British sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle.

Payload: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb) to a 120 km altitude. Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1976-01-21. Last Fail Date: 1976-01-21.

Gross mass: 75 kg (165 lb).
Payload: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb).
Height: 2.80 m (9.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft).
Thrust: 27.00 kN (6,069 lbf).
Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).
First Launch: 1969.12.09.
Last Launch: 1976.01.28.
Number: 14 .

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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...

Associated Launch Sites
  • El Arenosillo Spanish sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 335 launches from 1966 to 1994, reaching up to 700 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages

Skua 3 Chronology


1969 December 9 - . 12:03 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 MP6901.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1969 December 9 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 MP6902.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1969 December 10 - . 11:54 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 MP6903.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1969 December 10 - . 12:02 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 MP6904.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1969 December 11 - . 12:02 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1969 December 14 - . 11:56 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1975 December 17 - . 11:04 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA S3CL-75001.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1976 January 2 - . 14:59 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA S3CLO-76001.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1976 January 4 - . 15:47 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CLO-76002.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1976 January 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CL0-76003.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 91 km (56 mi).

1976 January 14 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CLO-76004.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1976 January 20 - . 15:50 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CLO-76005.
  • Winter Anomaly Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1976 January 21 - . 15:40 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CLO-76006. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

1976 January 28 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. LV Configuration: Skua 3 INTA MS3CLO-76007.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA; DLR. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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