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Skylark 2 AC


British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Cuckoo IA + 1 x Raven 8

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1971-11-16. Last Fail Date: 1971-11-16.

Gross mass: 1,500 kg (3,300 lb).
Height: 12.70 m (41.60 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 80.00 kN (17,984 lbf).
Apogee: 190 km (110 mi).
First Launch: 1970.02.06.
Last Launch: 1973.10.02.
Number: 3 .

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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
  • Salto di Quirra Salto di Quirra, in southeast Sardinia near the town of Perdas de Fogu, is an inter-service missile test center operated by the Italian Air Force. It also supports sounding rocket launches and test of larger rockets in support of Italy's abandoned ballistic missile and on-and-of satellite launcher programs. More...
  • 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
  • Skylark 4-2 Solid rocket stage. 50.10 kN (11,263 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,100 kg (2,425 lb). More...
  • Zenit C-0 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 200 kg. Thrust 80.00 kN. More...

Skylark 2 AC Chronology


1970 February 6 - . 19:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Salto di Quirra. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 2 AC S44/1.
  • ESRO S44 / 1 Stellar ultraviolet Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 211 km (131 mi).

1971 November 16 - . 00:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Salto di Quirra. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 2 AC S44/2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ESRO S44 / 2 Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1973 October 2 - . 01:52 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 2 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 2 AC S93.
  • DLR H-GR-57 Test/Ultraviolet Astronomy/Astrophysics mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 186 km (115 mi).

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