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Skylark 5C


British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Cuckoo IA + 1 x Raven 5

Payload: 200 kg (440 lb) to a 210 km altitude. Failures: 3. First Fail Date: 1961-11-24. Last Fail Date: 1964-09-04.

Gross mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb).
Payload: 200 kg (440 lb).
Height: 9.10 m (29.80 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Apogee: 210 km (130 mi).
First Launch: 1961.11.24.
Last Launch: 1970.07.10.
Number: 15 .

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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 5-1 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 5C Chronology


1961 November 24 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL83. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Solar X-rays / SpE / CW radio Ionosphere-solar mission Ionosphere-solar mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1962 February 5 - . 20:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL35B.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 215 km (133 mi).

1962 June 6 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL35C.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 240 km (140 mi).

1962 June 20 - . 05:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL45.
  • Solar X-rays / La / Gren. / FS Aeronomy / solar x-ray mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 227 km (141 mi).

1963 August 2 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL86. FAILURE: Failure.
1963 September 5 - . 03:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL87.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 214 km (132 mi).

1964 February 4 - . 01:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL88.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).

1964 September 4 - . 01:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL87A. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 182 km (113 mi).

1968 June 12 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL723.
  • X-ray survey X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 184 km (114 mi).

1968 July 24 - . 01:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL523.
  • Electron profile Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 258 km (160 mi).

1968 August 6 - . 01:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL524.
  • Electron profile Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 234 km (145 mi).

1969 April 1 - . 09:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL724.
  • X-ray Survey X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 192 km (119 mi).

1969 July 14 - . 23:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL722.
  • Electron profile Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 216 km (134 mi).

1969 July 25 - . 04:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL721.
  • Electron profile Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 213 km (132 mi).

1970 July 10 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 5C. LV Configuration: Skylark-5C SL727.
  • X-ray spectra / Ionos X-ray astronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 203 km (126 mi).

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