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Tater


American test vehicle. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Talos + 1 x Terrier + 1 x Recruit

Success Rate: 100.00%. Launch data is: complete.

Status: Retired 1975.
Height: 12.30 m (40.30 ft).
Diameter: 0.76 m (2.49 ft).
Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).
First Launch: 1973.08.15.
Last Launch: 1976.04.25.
Number: 12 .

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Associated Countries
See also
Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...
  • Tonopah Sounding rocket and test vehicle launch site. Conducted launches in support of US nuclear weapons development programs. Known to have been used for 93 launches from 1957 to 1986, reaching up to 270 kilometers altitude. More...

Associated Stages
  • 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...

Tater Chronology


1973 August 15 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1973 November 2 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 January 8 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 January 8 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 March 7 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 April 15 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1975 June 3 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1975 December 3 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1976 January 14 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Vehicle: Tater. LV Configuration: Tater Sandia 487-602.
  • SAMS/TATER 602 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1976 March 9 - . 13:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Vehicle: Tater. LV Configuration: Tater Sandia 487-509.
  • SAMS/TATER 509 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1976 March 27 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Vehicle: Tater. LV Configuration: Tater Sandia 487-516.
  • SAMS/TATER 516 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

1976 April 25 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. Launch Vehicle: Tater. LV Configuration: Tater Sandia 487-512.
  • SAMS/TATER 512 - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 4.00 km (2.40 mi).

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