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Bikini



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Bikini
Credit: © Mark Wade
Nuclear test site. Sounding rockets were launched from here to monitor blast and fallout of nuclear explosions. Bikini was known to have been used for 13 launches from 1956 to 1956, reaching up to 75 kilometers altitude.

Location: Pacific Proving Grounds, Bikini Island.
Longitude: 165.5529 deg.
Latitude: 11.6150 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Asp Sounding rocket (Atmospheric Sounding Projectile) originally designed against a US Navy Bureeau of Ships requirement to sample the mushroom clouds of nuclear explosions. Developed by Cooper Development Corporation for the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory. Flight test in 1956. Designed to lift 13.6 kg to 40 km. More...
  • Loki American unguided solid-propellant barrage anti-aircraft rocket adapted to use as a meteorological sounding rocket. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Asp American sounding rocket. Sounding rocket (Atmospheric Sounding Projectile) originally designed against a US Navy Bureeau of Ships requirement to sample the mushroom clouds of nuclear explosions. Developed by Cooper Development Corporation for the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory. Flight test in 1956. Designed to lift 13.6 kg to 40 km. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USN American agency overseeing development of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. USN Joint Task Force 7, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Bikini Chronology


1956 April 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-790. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1956 April 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-787. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1956 May 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp.
  • Redwing 1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 May 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp.
  • Redwing 2 (to 40) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 May 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-790. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1956 May 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-787. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1956 June 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp.
  • Redwing 2 (to 40) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 June 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-790. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 June 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-787. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 July 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-787. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 July 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp.
  • Redwing 2 (to 40) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 July 1 - . Launch Site: Bikini. Launch Platform: DD-790. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Loki Dart. LV Configuration: Loki Dart WASP 1.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

1956 July 21 - . Launch Site: Bikini. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp.
  • PMR Redwing 41 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 30 km (18 mi).

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