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Terrier Nike


American sounding rocket.

Status: Retired 1974.
Gross mass: 1,100 kg (2,400 lb).
Height: 9.80 m (32.10 ft).
Diameter: 0.46 m (1.50 ft).
Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).
First Launch: 1974.01.01.
Number: 1 .

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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
  • Sandia American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Sandia Laboratories, Albequerque, USA. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • 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
  • HJ Nike Nike-3 Solid propellant rocket stage. Loaded/empty mass 599/256 kg. Thrust 195.60 kN. Vacuum specific impulse 195 seconds. The average sea level thrust of the Nike rocket motor was 190.3 kN. The interstage adapter was bolted to the front of the Nike and consisted of a conical shaped adapter which slip-fit into the second stage nozzle, thus providing for drag separation at Nike burnout. Each Nike fin was 0.45 square meters in area. Normally, the fins were canted to provide a two revolutions per second spin rate at Nike burnout. More...

Terrier Nike Chronology


1974 - . Launch Site: Tonopah. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Nike. LV Configuration: Terrier Nike Sandia NRV.
  • Parachute test - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

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