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Arecibo VB


Tomahawk Sandia, Nike, Javelin, Apache launch complex. Vega Baja

Longitude: -66.4396 deg.
Latitude: 18.4829 deg.
First Launch: 1966.02.19.
Last Launch: 1968.06.12.
Number: 24 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nike Apache American sounding rocket. The most popular sounding rocket introduced during the early 1960's was this two-stage, solid-propellant vehicle consisting of a Nike booster and Apache upper stage. More...
  • Nike Javelin American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Nike + 1 x Javelin More...
  • Nike Tomahawk American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of a Nike booster and Tomahawk upper stage. Payload 45 kg to 370 km or 115 kg to 215 km. More...
  • Nike Iroquois American sounding rocket. Aerojet developed the Nike-Iroquois (also called Niro) to fulfill a US Air Force requirement for a low-cost sounding rocket with roll control and high structural strength. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Arecibo Sounding rocket launch site near world's largest radio telescope, known to have been used for 40 launches from 1966 to 1998, reaching up to 375 kilometers altitude. More...

Arecibo VB Chronology


1966 February 19 - . 00:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Javelin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Javelin. LV Configuration: Nike Javelin CRL AFS.502.
  • REDLAMP ROBIN Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 192 km (119 mi).

1966 February 20 - . 00:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Javelin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Javelin. LV Configuration: Nike Javelin CRL AFS.504.
  • REDLAMP Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 192 km (119 mi).

1966 February 20 - . 05:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Javelin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Javelin. LV Configuration: Nike Javelin CRL AFS.505.
  • REDLAMP TONI Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 192 km (119 mi).

1966 February 20 - . 11:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Javelin. Launch Vehicle: Nike Javelin. LV Configuration: Nike Javelin CRL AFS.508. FAILURE: Failure.
  • REDLAMP Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 10 km (6 mi).

1967 September 7 - . 20:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.308UI.
  • Lower ionosphere Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 8 - . 00:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.305UI.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1967 September 8 - . 10:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.309UI. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

1967 October 24 - . 18:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.637.
  • Arecibo calibration Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1967 October 25 - . 00:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.638.
  • Arecibo cal Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1967 October 26 - . 18:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.639.
  • Arecibo cal Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 26 km (16 mi).

1967 October 27 - . 18:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.640.
  • Arecibo cal Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1967 October 28 - . 10:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.641.
  • Arecibo cal Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 179 km (111 mi).

1968 March 17 - . 06:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.344UM.
  • UM Pitot 34 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

1968 March 17 - . 07:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.53GA.
  • Thermosphere probe Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 295 km (183 mi).

1968 March 17 - . 09:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.49GA.
  • Thermosphere probe Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 311 km (193 mi).

1968 March 17 - . 18:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.345UM.
  • UM Pitot 35 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 136 km (84 mi).

1968 March 17 - . 19:18 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.52GA.
  • Thermosphere probe Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 270 km (160 mi).

1968 March 18 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.333UM.
  • UM Pitot 36 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

1968 May 2 - . 10:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.644.
  • Release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 218 km (135 mi).

1968 May 7 - . 10:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AG07.643.
  • Release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 142 km (88 mi).

1968 May 12 - . 05:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk CRL AH08.670.
  • Release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 198 km (123 mi).

1968 May 13 - . 05:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk CRL AH08.666.
  • Ba release Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 198 km (123 mi).

1968 June 2 - . 09:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache SECEDE R1.
  • APPLE Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA. Apogee: 196 km (121 mi).

1968 June 12 - . 09:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Arecibo. Launch Complex: Arecibo VB. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache SECEDE R2.
  • DOGWOOD Aeronomy / Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DARPA. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

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