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Stonechat I


British sounding rocket. Single stage hypersonic test vehicle using the Stonechat I solid rocket motor.

Gross mass: 5,100 kg (11,200 lb).
Height: 5.30 m (17.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.92 m (3.01 ft).
Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).
First Launch: 1969.10.01.
Number: 1 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Stonechat Single stage hypersonic test vehicles using variants of the Stonechat solid rocket motor. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • RAE British agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Royal Aerospace Establishment, UK. More...

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...
  • 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
  • Stonechat I-1 Solid rocket stage. 232.00 kN (52,156 lbf) thrust. Mass 4,800 kg (10,582 lb). More...

Stonechat I Chronology


1969 October 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Stonechat. Launch Vehicle: Stonechat I. LV Configuration: Stonechat I F.00.
  • HRV 933 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: RAE. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

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