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Birdling's Flat



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Birdling's Flat
Credit: © Mark Wade
Sounding rocket launch site, known to have been used for 2 launches in 1963 and 1964, reaching up to 60 kilometers altitude. Co-located with radar site operated by University of Canterbury.

Location: Canterbury Plains.
Longitude: 172.6830 deg.
Latitude: -43.8170 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Arcas The Arcas (All-Purpose Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Soundings) was developed by the Atlantic Research Corporation for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) with the support of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Primarily a meteorological rocket, the Arcas was first fired in July 1959. The single-stage version was designed to lift 5.4 kg to 64 km. For more demanding missions, several versions of boosted Arcas were developed, as well as a stretched Super Arcas motor. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Arcas American sounding rocket. The Arcas (All-Purpose Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Soundings) was developed by the Atlantic Research Corporation for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) with the support of the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Primarily a meteorological rocket, the Arcas was first fired in July 1959. The single-stage version was designed to lift 5.4 kg to 64 km. For more demanding missions, several versions of boosted Arcas were developed, as well as a stretched Super Arcas motor. More...

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

Birdling's Flat Chronology


1963 May 23 - . Launch Site: Birdling's Flat. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: NASA; Canterbury. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1964 December 1 - . Launch Site: Birdling's Flat. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: NASA; Canterbury. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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