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Ute Tomahawk


American sounding rocket. The Ute (TU-715) motor was developed from the Genie motor baseline to serve as a first stage booster in the Ute-Tomahawk sounding rocket vehicle. 2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Ute + 1 x Tomahawk

Failures: 4. Success Rate: 89.19%. First Fail Date: 1974-02-14. Last Fail Date: 1974-06-30.

Gross mass: 500 kg (1,100 lb).
Height: 5.20 m (17.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.38 m (1.24 ft).
Thrust: 60.00 kN (13,488 lbf).
Apogee: 230 km (140 mi).
First Launch: 1971.11.16.
Last Launch: 1976.01.23.
Number: 37 .

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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Thiokol American manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Thiokol Corporation, Ogden, UT, 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...
  • White Sands White Sands Missile Range occupies an area 160 x 65 km in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico, across the Sacramento Mountain range from Roswell. In the 1930's, Robert Goddard, after surveying weather conditions and population densities, had selected Roswell for his pioneering rocket tests. White Sands, a true desert area, was even more unpopulated than Roswell. German advances in rocketry during World War II impelled the US Army to begin programs to exploit this technology. The White Sands Proving Ground was established for testing German and American long-range rockets on 9 July 1945. Seven days later the first atomic bomb was exploded at Trinity Site, near the north boundary of the range. The first launch of a Tiny Tim rocket was on 26 September 1945. On 11 October a Tiny Tim boosted a WAC Corporal rocket from the tower. This was the first use of Launch Complex 33, later to be used for V-2, Nike, Viking, Corporal, Lance and Multiple Launch Rocket System testing. More...
  • Vandenberg Vandenberg Air Force Base is located on the Central Coast of California about 240 km northwest of Los Angeles. It is used for launches of unmanned government and commercial satellites into polar orbit and intercontinental ballistic missile test launches toward the Kwajalein Atoll. More...
  • 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...
  • Fort Churchill Fort Churchill is an Arctic site on Hudson Bay with a rail link. It is near the point of maximum auroral activity. This combination of circumstances made it ideal for far-north sounding rocket launches. In 1954, the Canadian Army conducted the first series of rocket firings at Fort Churchill. Following a period of inactivity, construction of more elaborate facilities in support of the International Geophysical Year began in 1956. IGY firings began in July 1957. The range was closed again in December 1958 after the IGY program ended. It was reopened again in August 1959 by the US Army as part of its network of sounding rocket stations. This allowed use of the site by other groups over the years. 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...

Associated Stages

Ute Tomahawk Chronology


1971 November 16 - . 23:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.106-5.
  • Release Aeronomy / test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 167 km (103 mi).

1972 December 7 - . 05:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.107-2.
  • Auroral composition Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 171 km (106 mi).

1973 April 16 - . 10:04 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.209-1.
  • Photometers Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 195 km (121 mi).

1973 April 16 - . 11:58 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.102-1.
  • Photometers Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 209 km (129 mi).

1973 June 12 - . 16:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.210-1.
  • D / E region ions Aeronomy / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

1973 June 12 - . 16:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.210-2.
  • D / E region ions Aeronomy / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 125 km (77 mi).

1973 September 11 - . 03:19 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.214-1.
  • Vehicle potential test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

1973 September 18 - . 15:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.312-5.
  • Polar disturbed ionosphere Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 127 km (78 mi).

1973 September 18 - . 17:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.312-4.
  • Polar disturbed ionosphere Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1973 October 19 - . 00:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-3.
  • Release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 228 km (141 mi).

1973 October 19 - . 23:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.106-3.
  • Release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 176 km (109 mi).

1973 December 10 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.107-4.
  • Composition Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

1974 February 14 - . 06:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.307-3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Density HI Bal Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1974 February 16 - . 10:03 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.400-1.
  • Density Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 190 km (110 mi).

1974 March 28 - . 04:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.303-3.
  • Churchill 74 Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1974 April 3 - . 03:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.303-1.
  • Churchill 74 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 209 km (129 mi).

1974 April 3 - . 19:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.303-4.
  • Churchill 74 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1974 April 9 - . 05:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.303-2.
  • Churchill 74 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 169 km (105 mi).

1974 June 29 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.213-2.
  • Aladdin 74 NMS / E Aeronomy / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1974 June 29 - . 21:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-9.
  • Aladdin 74 aeronomy release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 01:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-1.
  • Aladdin 74 TMA / Barium release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 203 km (126 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 01:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.001-3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aladdin 74 ion mass spectrometer Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 16 km (9 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 01:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aladdin 74 TMA / Barium release Aeronomy / Barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 0 km ( mi).

1974 June 30 - . 03:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-5.
  • Aladdin 74 Na / Li Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 201 km (124 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 05:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.207-4.
  • Aladdin 74 aeronomy release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 07:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-4.
  • Aladdin 74 TMA / Photometry Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 07:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.213-1.
  • Aladdin 74 aeronomy release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 08:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.001-4. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aladdin 74 ion mass spectrometer Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 17 km (10 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 12:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.105-9.
  • Aladdin 74 Na-Li Aeronomy / Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi).

1974 June 30 - . 17:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-7.
  • Aladdin 74 Na-LI Aeronomy / Chemical release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1974 August 17 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.214-2.
  • Vehicle Potential test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 161 km (100 mi).

1974 December 13 - . 22:25 GMT - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.407-1.
  • Sphere Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1975 January 14 - . 20:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-8.
  • Aladdin 75 Reliability Test Aeronomy / test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 235 km (146 mi).

1975 January 15 - . 22:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.105-8.
  • Aladdin 75 Reliability Test Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 159 km (98 mi).

1975 January 17 - . 22:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.301-9.
  • Aladdin 75 Sphere Aeronomy / plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 190 km (110 mi).

1975 December 12 - . 05:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg PLC-C. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk CRL A09.406-1.
  • ESCAPE II (Sphere) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFSC. Apogee: 164 km (101 mi).

1976 January 23 - . 22:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Ute Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Ute Tomahawk GL A09.402-2.
  • Winter Anomaly Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

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