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British agency. UK Special Projectile Operations Group, UK.

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WO Chronology


1945 October 2 - . 13:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Cuxhaven. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Backfire 1 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: WO. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Summary: Launch of V-2 from Altenwalde by German technicians under British direction in order to document launch procedures. The launch was successful and the missile reached an altitude of 90 km..

1945 October 4 - . 13:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cuxhaven. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2. FAILURE: Partial failure.
  • Backfire 2 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: WO. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi). Summary: Partial failure; the rocket only reached 20 km altitude..

1945 October 15 - . 14:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Cuxhaven. LV Family: V-2. Launch Vehicle: V-2.
  • Backfire 3 test - . Nation: UK. Agency: WO. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi). Third and final launch in Project Backfire, with allied observors. Glushko, Sokolov, Pobedonostsev; Korolev and Gaidukov kept outside fence; Von Karman, Merrill, Seifert, Pickering from US. The launch was successful and the missile reached an altitude of 90 km.

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