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Terrier Lynx


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

The Terrier Lynx was a two-stage, unguided, fin stabilized rocket system which utilized a Terrier mk70 first stage booster and a Lynx rocket motor for the second stage propulsion. The Terrier mk70 motor had four equally spaced modified Ajax fins, and the Lynx motor had four modified Orion fins on the aft end arranged in a cruciform configuration to provide stability.

The basic Terrier mk70 motor was 3.94 m long with a principal diameter of 46 cm. There was a 7.6-cm interstage adapter which allowed for drag separation at Terrier burnout. Typically, the Terrier booster would utilize two spin motors to reduce dispersion and also serve as drag plates. Each Terrier fin was 0.43 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide two revolutions per second spin rate at Terrier burnout. The weight of the

The Lynx was 36 cm in diameter and 2.8 m long. The Lynx fins were normally canted to provide for four revolutions per second spin rate at burnout.

The standard payload for the Terrier mk70-Lynx had a principal diameter of 36 cm and utilized a 3:1 ogive nose cone, although an 11 deg total angle cone could also be flown. The envelope of payload lengths that could be flown was similar to the boosted Orion family. The rocket system could carry a 115-kg payload to 378 kilometers and a 230-kg pound payload to 254 kilometers when launched from sea level at an 85 degree launch angle. Standard hardware included a 3:1 ogive nose cone and a capacitive discharge ignition system. Separation systems could be provided to separate the payload from the motor during ascent.

Status: Active.
Gross mass: 1,300 kg (2,800 lb).
Height: 9.00 m (29.50 ft).
Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft).
Thrust: 258.00 kN (58,000 lbf).
Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).
First Launch: 2000.12.19.
Last Launch: 2009.06.13.
Number: 6 .

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Terrier Standard US Navy surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950's. Modified single stage Navy Terrier missiles were used as sounding rockets, sometimes supplemented with upper stages. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NAWC American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (formerly called Naval Weapons Center), USA. More...

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...
  • San Nicolas Military facility on the California Channel Islands, used for rocket launches in support of other missile tests from Vandenberg or Point Mugu. Known to have been used for 35 launches from 1957 to 2004, reaching up to 443 kilometers altitude. 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...

Associated Stages

Terrier Lynx Chronology


2000 December 19 - . 11:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx. LV Configuration: Terrier Lynx NASA 12.50DP.
  • NAWC test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; SMDC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2001 September 27 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx. LV Configuration: Terrier Lynx NASA 42.01DP.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA; SMDC. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2002 July 2 - . 21:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx. LV Configuration: Terrier Lynx NASA 42.02DP.
  • PACBLITZ 02 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2002 July 3 - . 21:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx. LV Configuration: Terrier Lynx NASA 42.03DP.
  • PACBLITZ 02 Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA Greenbelt. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2009 June 6 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

2009 June 13 - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Lynx.
  • ABL Target - . Nation: USA. Agency: MDA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi). Summary: Target.

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