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Skua 3
Part of Skua Family
British sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle.

Status: Retired 1976. First Launch: 1969-12-09. Last Launch: 1976-01-28. Number: 14 . Payload: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb). Thrust: 27.00 kN (6,069 lbf). Gross mass: 75 kg (165 lb). Height: 2.80 m (9.10 ft). Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft). Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

Payload: 5.00 kg (11.00 lb) to a 120 km altitude.



Country: UK. Launch Sites: El Arenosillo. Stages: Bantam 3, Chick. Agency: Bristol.

1969 December 9 - . 12:03 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1969 December 9 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 96 km (59 mi).

1969 December 10 - . 11:54 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 90 km (55 mi).

1969 December 10 - . 12:02 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1969 December 11 - . 12:02 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1969 December 14 - . 11:56 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1975 December 17 - . 11:04 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1976 January 2 - . 14:59 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Spain. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1976 January 4 - . 15:47 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1976 January 12 - . 16:20 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 91 km (56 mi).

1976 January 14 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1976 January 20 - . 15:50 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Winter Anomaly Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1976 January 21 - . 15:40 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

1976 January 28 - . 16:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 3.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).


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