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Sparoair III


American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x F4B Phantom + 1 x Sparrow + 1 x 22.6KS1245

Failures: 2. First Fail Date: 1965-07-08. Last Fail Date: 1966-05-26.

Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Height: 3.90 m (12.70 ft).
Diameter: 0.20 m (0.65 ft).
Thrust: 35.00 kN (7,868 lbf).
Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).
First Launch: 1965.07.08.
Last Launch: 1966.05.26.
Number: 2 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Sparoair Air-launched two stage vehicle consisting of tandem Sparrow air-to-air missile motors. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USN American agency overseeing development of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. USN Joint Task Force 7, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Point Mugu US Naval Air Station and major missile testing centre, known to have been used for 2551 launches from 1955 to 2005. The actual total of missile tests is many times greater. More...

Associated Stages
  • F-4 Mach 2 rocket launch aircraft. Loaded/empty mass 22,517/13,394 kg. Thrust 105.58 kN. Specific impulse 2020 seconds. McDonnell Fighter-cropped delta. Maximum release conditions: 5,442 kg at 2,353 kph at 17,820 m altitude More...

Sparoair III Chronology


1965 July 8 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-4B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair III. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 27 km (16 mi).

1966 May 26 - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. Launch Platform: F-4B. LV Family: Sparoair. Launch Vehicle: Sparoair III. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

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