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Skylark 6


British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Raven 6. The Goldfinch provided 700 kN-sec total impulse.

Payload: 100 kg (220 lb) to a 380 km altitude. Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1969-01-21. Last Fail Date: 1969-01-21.

Gross mass: 1,900 kg (4,100 lb).
Payload: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 13.20 m (43.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 191.00 kN (42,938 lbf).
Apogee: 380 km (230 mi).
First Launch: 1968.02.08.
Last Launch: 1990.07.26.
Number: 16 .

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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...
  • Aberporth The Aberporth military test range is located on Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. It already became associated with solid rocket tests during the Second World War. Development of surface-to-air missiles began there in 1948 and tests were made of re-entry and high-speed aircraft shapes in the 1960's. Due to the military nature of the site, the only sounding rocket launches have been to support military test operations. These included 40 known launches from 1959 to 1972. More...
  • Andoya Andoya Rocket Range (ARR) is the world's northernmost permanent launch facility for sounding rockets and scientific balloons and is responsible for all scientific-related balloon and rocket operations in Norwegian territory. ARR provides complete services for launch, operations, data acquisition, recovery and ground instrumentation support. The range has conducted more than 650 rocket launches and hosted scientists and engineers from more than 70 institutes and universities. More...
  • Kiruna The sounding rocket launch site at Kiruna was officially opened in September 1966 under the auspices of ESRO (European Space Research Organisation). When ESA was created in 1972 and replaced ESRO, Kiruna came under the management of the Swedish Space Corporation, a state-owned limited liability company under the Swedish Ministry of Industry. The 'Esrange' is located 45 km from the town of Kiruna and has seven permanent pads able to launch the largest sounding rockets, including the Black Brant 9, Skylark 12, and Castor 4B-boosted vehicles. 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 3-2 Solid rocket stage. 52.50 kN (11,802 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,200 kg (2,646 lb). More...

Skylark 6 Chronology


1968 February 8 - . 06:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL583A.
  • UK SL583A test - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1969 January 21 - . 04:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL781. FAILURE: Failure.
  • UK SL781 Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE; RAE. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1970 July 14 - . 04:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL971.
  • X-ray RMC X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 223 km (138 mi).

1970 October 8 - . 08:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL972.
  • X-ray survey X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 232 km (144 mi).

1971 January 14 - . 11:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 LT.1.
  • DLR AB-GR-40 test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: BAC; DLR. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1971 October 7 - . 09:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL973.
  • X-ray RMC X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 233 km (144 mi).

1971 October 24 - . 11:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL974.
  • GX3+1 Lunar Occultation X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 245 km (152 mi).

1972 March 16 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1023.
  • UK SL1023 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

1972 July 20 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1183.
  • UK SL1183 (Dummy R) test - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1973 October 16 - . 19:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1121.
  • UK High Latitude Rocket Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 267 km (165 mi).

1973 October 30 - . 18:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1122.
  • UK High Latitude Rocket Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 229 km (142 mi).

1973 November 16 - . 22:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1123.
  • UK High Latitude Rocket Ionosphere / aurora mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 216 km (134 mi).

1974 November 1 - . 20:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 SL1221.
  • UK SL1221 (S107) Aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 225 km (139 mi).

1984 February 10 - . 04:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 DLR K-GR-130.
  • MAP / WINE M-I 1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1990 March 6 - . 05:41 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 DLR K-GRVI-173.
  • SISSI 1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1990 July 26 - . 23:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 DLR K-GRVI-181.
  • SISSI 2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 168 km (104 mi).

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