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Rook

British test vehicle. Single stage vehicle consisting of a Rook solid rocket motor. Used initially for supersonic tests of aircraft models.

Status: Retired 1972. First Launch: 1959-06-29. Last Launch: 1972-06-22. Number: 15 . Gross mass: 1,200 kg (2,600 lb). Height: 5.00 m (16.40 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

The Rook motor was 0.43 m in diameter and 5.28 m long. It contained a case-bonded charge of 846 kg of non-aluminized plastic propellant giving a total impulse of 1760 kN-seconds in 5.6 seconds; with a maximum thrust of 323 kN and a specific impulse of 213 seconds. The motor was capable of withstanding the 40g acceleration it provided during firing. It was employed as the first propulsion stage of the Leopard and Jaguar (Jabiru) supersonic test vehicles, and by itself in single-stage test applications.


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Leopard British test vehicle. Two stage aerodynamic test vehicle consisting of 1 x Rook + 1 x Gosling. Developed from the basic Rook vehicle for tests requiring higher velocities.

Jaguar 1 Three stage version consisting of 1 x Rook II + 1 x Gosling IIN + 1 x Lobster I

RAF Jaguar The Jaguar was designed by the RAE Supersonics Department as part of the HRV (Hypersonic Research Vehicle) program. This was a joint project with the Australian Weapons Research Establishment for testing of re-entry vehicles at high speeds. Regardless of the variant, the Rook first stage would propel the upper stages and subscale RV to a high altitude. The upper stages would then fire downward to push the RV into the atmosphere at speeds of up to 5 km/s. After the conclusion of the HRV project in April 1970, tests continued using the Jabiru 3 with other aerothermal experiments until November 1974.

Jaguar 2 Three stage version consisting of 1 x Rook IIIA + 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Gosling IV

Rook IIIA British test vehicle. Single stage vehicle.

Jabiru 2 The Rook motor was 0.43 m in diameter and 5.28 m long. It contained a case-bonded charge of 846 kg of non-aluminized plastic propellant giving a total impulse of 1760 kN-seconds in 5.6 seconds; with a maximum thrust of 323 kN and a specific impulse of 213 seconds. The motor was capable of withstanding the 40g acceleration it provided during firing. It was employed as the first propulsion stage of the Leopard and Jaguar (Jabiru) supersonic test vehicles, and by itself in single-stage test applications.

Jabiru 3 Two stage version consisting of 1 x Rook IIIA + 1 x Rook IIIB

Family: test vehicle. Country: UK. Launch Vehicles: Rook, Rook IIIA. Launch Sites: Woomera, Aberporth, Woomera LA2. Stages: Rook engine. Agency: Royal Aerospace Establishment. Bibliography: 2, 572.

1959 June 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
1959 July 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
1959 October 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960? - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2?. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1960 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Platform: B-57A. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: RAF Jaguar.
  • Test / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSWC. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1960 January 2 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960 January 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960 February 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 April 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 April 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 May 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 May 27 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 July 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 July 14 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1960 August 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1960 November 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1960 December 15 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1961 - . Launch Site: White Sands. Launch Platform: B-57A. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: RAF Jaguar.
  • Test / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF AFSWC. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1961 April 21 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1961 April 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 July 20 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1961 July 26 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 November 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1962 January 19 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1962 April 4 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1962 June 26 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1962 August 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1962 September 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1962 November 30 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1963 March 27 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1964 February 12 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1964 October 2 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1964 December 10 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1965 May 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1965 July 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1965 August 25 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1966 August 10 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1966 November 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1967 May 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1967 July 11 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1967 August 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1967 September 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1967 December 7 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1968 July 18 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1968 October 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1969 April 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1969 May 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1969 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1969 July 16 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1969 October 16 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1969 November 26 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1970 February 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1970 April 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1971 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1971 July 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1971 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1971 October 20 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1971 December 4 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 2.
1972 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1973 November 14 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 3.
1973 December 6 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 3.
1974 September 6 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 3.
1974 October 31 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 3.
1974 November 20 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Pad: LA2 HRV. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jabiru 3.

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