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Skylark 4 AC


British sounding rocket.

Failures: 2. First Fail Date: 1973-08-04. Last Fail Date: 1976-01-27.

Gross mass: 1,900 kg (4,100 lb).
Height: 13.20 m (43.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Apogee: 240 km (140 mi).
First Launch: 1973.08.04.
Last Launch: 1976.01.27.
Number: 5 .

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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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Skylark 4-1 Solid rocket stage. 175.00 kN (39,342 lbf) thrust. Mass 400 kg (882 lb). More...

Skylark 4 AC Chronology


1973 August 4 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 4 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 4 AC ER1. FAILURE: Failure.
  • UK / SSC ER1 Earth imaging mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC; SSC. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1973 October 6 - . 03:31 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 4 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 4 AC S92.
  • DLR H-GR-56 Optical astronomy / ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

1973 November 27 - . 01:51 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 4 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 4 AC S74.
  • DLR H-GR-55 Optical astronomy / ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 246 km (152 mi).

1974 January 12 - . 19:12 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 4 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 4 AC HRC 1.
  • DLR H-GR-58 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 246 km (152 mi).

1976 January 27 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna S. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 4 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 4 AC Heatpipe I. FAILURE: Failure.
  • DLR K-GR-73 Technology mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

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