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Talos Sergeant Hydac


American sounding rocket. Three stage sounding rocket consisting of 1 x Talos booster + 1 x Sergeant + 1 x Hydac

Failures: 1. First Fail Date: 1988-03-07. Last Fail Date: 1988-03-07.

Status: Retired 1988.
Gross mass: 6,100 kg (13,400 lb).
Height: 17.30 m (56.70 ft).
Diameter: 0.76 m (2.49 ft).
Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).
First Launch: 1976.11.15.
Last Launch: 1988.03.07.
Number: 8 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Super Chief Series of large sounding rockets developed by Aerojet Space Data using the Talos booster, various upper stages, and Astrobee electronics. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Aerojet American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Aerojet, Sacramento, CA, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Poker Flat Sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1969 to present. Poker Flat Rocket Range (PFRR) contains five major launch pads. Pads 1 and 2 each have a 7.5K launcher, pads 3 and 4 each contain 20K MRL launchers, and pad 5 contains a 4K twin boom launcher. Pad 3 is equipped with a moveable launcher enclosure which can be used to protect a rocket on pad 3 and workers from the severe winter weather. More...
  • Kwajalein The US military base located on this Pacific island group has major tracking facilities and is near the impact area for dummy warheads fired by ICBM's from Vandenberg AFB. It is a key test location for anti-ballistic missile systems. More...
  • Kwajalein RN Tomahawk Sandia, Terrier, Super Chief, Sergeant, Nike, Honest John, Cajun, Black Brant, Asp, DOT launch complex. Roi-Namur Island More...

Associated Stages
  • Sergeant Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 42/21 kg. Thrust 6.66 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 235 seconds. More...
  • Talos-1 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded mass 1,500 kg. Thrust 516.00 kN. The Talos motor was fitted with a conical adapter for mating to the second stage. Differential drag forces caused separation. Four fins were arranged at the aft end in a cruciform configuration and drove the vehicle to approximately one revolution per second burnout roll rate. More...

Talos Sergeant Hydac Chronology


1976 November 15 - . 03:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac. LV Configuration: Talos Sergeant Hydac DNA TE634.52-1.
  • Ballistics test - . Nation: USA. Agency: DNA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1978 February 28 - . 11:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac. LV Configuration: Talos Sergeant Hydac DNA WS834.55-1.
  • Ballistics test - . Nation: USA. Agency: DNA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 December 16 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE SLED II Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMO. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1984 January 26 - . 15:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE SLED II Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMO. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1984 February 2 - . 15:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE SLED II Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMO. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987? - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Pad: RN?. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-A Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988? - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Pad: RN?. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-C Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988 March 7 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac. FAILURE: Failure.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-B Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

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