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Terrier Tomahawk


American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Terrier + 1 x Tomahawk

Failures: 6. First Fail Date: 1964-07-08. Last Fail Date: 1974-01-26.

Gross mass: 1,100 kg (2,400 lb).
Height: 9.00 m (29.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft).
Thrust: 258.00 kN (58,000 lbf).
Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).
First Launch: 1964.07.08.
Last Launch: 1980.12.12.
Number: 29 .

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Associated Countries
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Sandia American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Sandia Laboratories, Albequerque, 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...
  • 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...
  • Johnston Island US military base on this island in the Pacific Ocean. Used for rocket-launched nuclear tests in the 1950's. In the 1960's it was the site for the operational AFP-437 anti-satellite system. The system was retired in 1975. Several sounding rockets were also launched over the years, either in support of nuclear tests or in experiments related to anti-satellite technology. Known to have been used for 124 launches from 1958 to 1975, reaching up to 1158 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Eglin This US Air Force proving ground and missile test range, based in Valparaiso, Florida and extending over a vast expanse of the Gulf of Mexico, was founded in 1935, In early 1946 the First Experimental Guided Missiles Group was activated at Eglin. The highly-instrumented Eglin Gulf Test Range supported flight tests of Bomarc, Matador, Quail, and Hound Dog cruise missiles. Both the military and NASA used Eglin to support launch of sounding rockets in support of their programs. Eglin was known to have been used for 441 launches from 1959 to 1980, reaching up to 686 kilometers altitude. The actual number of missile tests was many times greater. More...
  • Barking Sands Military missile test and sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1962 to present. Sandia National Laboratories operates the Kauai Test Facility for the Department of Energy and, through inter-Service Support Agreements provides the Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility with rocket launch services for target systems and upper atmosphere measurements. PMRF/KTF is recognized in the INF Treaty as an authorized site from which launches of the STARS missile can be conducted. The site was recently involved in anti-ballistic missile tests. Known to have been used for 2320 launches from 1962 to 2007, reaching up to 1000 kilometers altitude. More...
  • Eglin A-15 Tomahawk Sandia, Honest John launch complex. Site A-15, Santa Rosa Island More...

Associated Stages

Terrier Tomahawk Chronology


1964 July 8 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-63. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Terihawk-12 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1964 August 25 - . 00:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Tonopah. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-68.
  • TT-12 no igniter test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1964 October 16 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-70. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Terihawk-12 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1968 October 1 - . Launch Site: Johnston Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1969 May 24 - . 05:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-126.
  • LRL BOX-16 TT-9 X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 398 km (247 mi).

1971 January 26 - . 22:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE.
  • Cert.Round (Probe C) test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1971 January 28 - . 22:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R15.
  • REDWOOD (Probe F) Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1971 February 1 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R17. FAILURE: Failure.
  • SPRUCE II (Probe B) Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1971 February 1 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R17 Ba.
  • SPRUCE II (Probe B) - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 184 km (114 mi).

1971 February 1 - . 22:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R18.
  • SPRUCE II (Probe C) Ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 260 km (160 mi).

1971 February 2 - . 15:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R19.
  • QUINCE II (Probe A) Aeronomy / ionosphere / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1971 February 2 - . 15:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE R20.
  • QUINCE II (Probe E) Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1971 March 8 - . 11:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Caribou V Aurora ultraviolet mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1971 October 24 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE I R21.
  • CANUTO-A Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 202 km (125 mi).

1971 October 24 - . 04:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE I R22.
  • CANUTO-B Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 202 km (125 mi).

1971 November 8 - . 04:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE I R23.
  • DARDABASI-A Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 198 km (123 mi).

1971 November 8 - . 04:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk SECEDE I R24.
  • DARDABASI-B Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 198 km (123 mi).

1972 May 20 - . 09:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 281-?.
  • LRL ACS-7A (TT-9) X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1972 October 21 - . 12:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC12. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-197.
  • LRL ACS-7B X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1974 January 26 - . 09:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. Launch Complex: Barking Sands LC12. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia 152-202. FAILURE: Failure.
  • LRL ACS-7C X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1975 May 14 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia.
  • Plasma Barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 360 km (220 mi).

1975 May 15 - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Terrier Tomahawk Sandia.
  • Plasma Barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 360 km (220 mi).

1980 December 4 - . 23:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES GAIL Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 6 - . 23:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES HOPE Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 8 - . 23:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES IRIS Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 8 - . 23:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES beacon 1 Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 8 - . 23:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES beacon 2 Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 12 - . 23:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES JAN Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

1980 December 12 - . 23:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. Launch Complex: Eglin A-15. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Tomahawk.
  • PLACES PPPE Plasma / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia; DNA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

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