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Guam


Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 12 launches from 1957 to 1958, reaching up to 85 kilometers altitude.

Location: Marianas Islands.
Longitude: 144.9025 deg.
Latitude: 13.5969 deg.

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See also
  • Aerobee In late 1945 James Van Allen was assigned by John Hopkins University to survey sounding rocket requirements for upper atmosphere research. The V-2 was found to be too heavy and complex. In 1946 Van Allen decided that what was needed was a small rocket, derived from the Aerojet Wac Corporal and the Bumblebee missile developed under a US Navy program. This combination of an Aerojet booster and a Bumblebee second stage was dubbed the Aerobee. More...
  • Cajun The Cajun research rocket was developed as a dimensionally-similar but higher performance successor to the Deacon. More...
  • Rockoon The Rockoon (balloon-launched rocket) consisted of a small high-performance sounding rocket launched from a balloon above most of the atmosphere. The Rockoon low-cost technique was conceived during an Aerobee firing cruse of the Norton Sound in March 1949. Rockoons were first launched from icebreaker Eastwind off Greenland by an ONR group under James A. Van Allen. They were later used by ONR and University of Iowa research groups in 1953-55 and 1957, from ships in sea between Boston and Thule, Greenland. A variety of upper stage rocket stages were used. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Loki Rockoon American sounding rocket. Balloon-launched Loki with larger fins for stability at high altitudes. The basic Loki was used in this manner on 23 September 1955, measuring cosmic rays. More...
  • Nike Cajun American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle sounding rocket consisting of a Nike booster together with a Cajun upper stage. Aside from the Soviet MMR-06, the Nike-Cajun was the most often launched sounding rocket. The Cajun motor was developed for NASA in the 1950's by Thiokol, providing a more modern but still affordable replacement for the World War II-era Deacon. More...

Guam Chronology


1957 February 12 - . 20:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Rockoon. Launch Vehicle: Loki Rockoon.
  • II5.097 Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SUI. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1957 February 14 - . 20:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Rockoon. Launch Vehicle: Loki Rockoon.
  • II5.098 Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SUI. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1957 February 17 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Rockoon. Launch Vehicle: Loki Rockoon.
  • II5.099 Fields mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: SUI. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1958 November 3 - . 12:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 75. LV Configuration: Aerobee 75 SS12.050.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 54 km (33 mi).

1958 November 7 - . 12:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 75. LV Configuration: Aerobee 75 SS12.051.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1958 November 12 - . 11:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.52.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 74 km (45 mi).

1958 November 14 - . 11:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.53.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 75 km (46 mi).

1958 November 19 - . 18:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.54.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 71 km (44 mi).

1958 November 20 - . 14:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.55.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1958 November 22 - . 09:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.56.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1958 November 22 - . 17:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Aerobee. Launch Vehicle: Aerobee 75. LV Configuration: Aerobee 75 SS12.057.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 59 km (36 mi).

1958 November 24 - . 17:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Guam. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun SS6.58.
  • Grenades Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 79 km (49 mi).

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