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Skua 4
Part of Skua Family
British sounding rocket. Skua 4 was further enhanced to take a 7.5 kg payload to 140 km altitude. The vehicle used four Chick boosters and an improved Bantam upper stage.

Status: Retired 1981. First Launch: 1974-01-19. Last Launch: 1981-12-09. Number: 10 . Payload: 7.50 kg (16.50 lb). Thrust: 27.00 kN (6,069 lbf). Gross mass: 83 kg (184 lb). Height: 2.80 m (9.10 ft). Diameter: 0.13 m (0.42 ft). Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

Payload: 7.50 kg (16.50 lb) to a 140 km altitude.



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

1974 January 19 - . 11:34 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 110 km (60 mi).

1974 January 21 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 114 km (70 mi).

1974 January 23 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 106 km (65 mi).

1974 January 25 - . 11:30 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 109 km (67 mi).

1975 January 30 - . 14:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi).

1975 May 7 - . 11:00 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 94 km (58 mi).

1976 January 4 - . 22:58 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1976 January 21 - . 22:30 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Winter Anomaly? Aurora / aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1976 February 5 - . 22:30 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • Aurora / aeronomy / ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: DLR, INTA. Apogee: 101 km (62 mi).

1981 December 9 - . 22:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. LV Family: Skua. Launch Vehicle: Skua 4.
  • EBC81 E8 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 70 km (43 mi).


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