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Skylark 7 AC


British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Raven 11

Gross mass: 2,000 kg (4,400 lb).
Height: 12.20 m (40.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 191.00 kN (42,938 lbf).
Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).
First Launch: 1975.02.25.
Last Launch: 1979.03.13.
Number: 11 .

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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...
  • 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...
  • 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 12-2 Solid rocket stage. 105.00 kN (23,605 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,300 kg (2,866 lb). More...

Skylark 7 AC Chronology


1975 February 25 - . 01:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1301.
  • X-ray telescope Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 282 km (175 mi).

1975 November 24 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1112.
  • Soft X-ray spectrometer X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 251 km (155 mi).

1976 January 30 - . 01:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1302.
  • Quiet Coronal Structure Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 278 km (172 mi).

1976 May 12 - . 10:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1115.
  • X-ray Telescope X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 231 km (143 mi).

1976 June 10 - . 17:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1212.
  • XRCS X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi).

1976 June 17 - . 07:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1501.
  • Coded mask telescope X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 256 km (159 mi).

1976 July 17 - . 06:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1402.
  • DLR H-GR-77 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 256 km (159 mi).

1976 December 2 - . 14:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1114.
  • Ultraviolet telescope / echelle Ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 263 km (163 mi).

1977 April 28 - . 12:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1115A.
  • X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 244 km (151 mi).

1978 May 12 - . 05:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC SL1305.
  • Ultraviolet spectrometer Solar ultraviolet mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 283 km (175 mi).

1979 March 13 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 SL. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 7 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 7 AC DLR W-GR-95.
  • Astro 4-1 Solar x-ray mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 258 km (160 mi).

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