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Skylark 2C


British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Cuckoo IA + 1 x Raven 2

Payload: 150 kg (330 lb) to a 200 km altitude.

Gross mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb).
Payload: 150 kg (330 lb).
Height: 9.15 m (30.01 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 1960.04.12.
Last Launch: 1962.09.11.
Number: 9 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Skylark The Skylark sounding rocket (originally named the Gassiot High Altitude Vehicle) was produced by the Royal Aircraft Establishment and first introduced in 1957, during the International Geophysical Year. It remained in European service until 2005. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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...
  • 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
  • Skylark 2-1 Solid rocket stage. 44.50 kN (10,004 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,000 kg (2,205 lb). More...
  • Zenit C-0 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 200 kg. Thrust 80.00 kN. More...

Skylark 2C Chronology


1960 April 12 - . 03:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C SL51.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 218 km (135 mi).

1960 November 17 - . 10:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C SL67.
  • Grenade / Chaff / Sodium release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 247 km (153 mi).

1961 March 6 - . 09:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C SL63.
  • Grenade / Chaff / Sodium release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 231 km (143 mi).

1961 September 18 - . 12:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C NASA 9.01GG.
  • Southern Sky Survey Ultraviolet Astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 193 km (119 mi). Summary: First of four scheduled Skylark rocket firings was launched from Woomera in the joint United States-Australian ultraviolet survey of the southern skies..

1961 October 4 - . 11:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C NASA 9.02GG.
  • Southern Sky Survey Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 195 km (121 mi).

1961 November 1 - . 17:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C NASA 9.03GG.
  • Southern Sky Survey Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 193 km (119 mi).

1961 November 20 - . 18:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C NASA 9.04GG.
  • Southern Sky Survey Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 209 km (129 mi).

1961 December 5 - . 23:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C SL42.
  • RF probe / Solar X, SpE Ionosphere / solar x-rays mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 226 km (140 mi).

1962 September 11 - . 13:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2C. LV Configuration: Skylark-2C SL44.
  • Elec / Ion / Lang probes Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 232 km (144 mi).

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