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Sidewinder-Arcas
Part of Arcas Family
American sounding rocket. Two stage sounding rocket.

Status: Retired 1975. First Launch: 1964-12-01. Last Launch: 1975-10-02. Number: 22 . Thrust: 26.40 kN (5,935 lbf). Gross mass: 120 kg (260 lb). Height: 4.80 m (15.70 ft). Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft). Span: 0.64 m (2.09 ft). Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Sidewinder 1A + 1 x HV Arcas.



Country: USA. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, White Sands, Fort Churchill, Andoya. Stages: MARC 2C2, Mk 17. Agency: Atlantic Research.

1964 Dec - . Launch Site: Point Mugu. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Test 1 (of 10) - . Nation: USA. Agency: NMC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1965 May 10? - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Boosted Rooster - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1965 May 10? - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Boosted Rooster - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1965 May 10? - . Launch Site: San Nicolas. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Boosted Rooster - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1966 April 1 - . 13:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • AC30.752 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1966 September 28 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • AC30.753 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1967 August 20 - . 00:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Arcas V Ionosphere/Plasma mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NASA, NTNF. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1967 August 25 - . 23:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Arcas III Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, NTNF. Apogee: 84 km (52 mi).

1967 October 9 - . 04:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Arcas IV Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, NTNF. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1967 October 13 - . 04:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Arcas V Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Norway. Agency: NASA, NTNF. Apogee: 87 km (54 mi).

1968 November 1 - . 04:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Arcas VI PCA Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1969 February 25 - . 14:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • ESRO A40 / 3 (R127) Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1969 February 25 - . 21:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas. FAILURE: Failure.
  • ESRO A40 / 4 Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 68 km (42 mi).

1969 March 14 - . 19:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Recovery test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 122 km (75 mi).

1969 April 13 - . 08:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • ESRO A40 / 7 Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 51 km (31 mi).

1969 April 13 - . 10:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • ESRO A40 / 5 Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 17:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • ESRO A40 / 2 Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1969 April 14 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • ESRO A40 / 6 Ionosphere / plasma / field mission - . Nation: Europe. Agency: ESRO. Apogee: 56 km (34 mi).

1969 May 27 - . 02:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Q-1 p / l calibration Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 97 km (60 mi).

1969 November 2 - . 21:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Q-1 (D-region) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1969 November 4 - . 22:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Q-2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF CRL. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1975 October 2 - . Launch Site: White Sands. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Sidewinder-Arcas.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).


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