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Kiruna A


Aries launch complex. Aries launcher

Longitude: 21.1018 deg.
Latitude: 67.8931 deg.
First Launch: 1976.03.30.
Last Launch: 1979.03.31.
Number: 4 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Aries American target missile. Space Vector Corporation developed and flew the Aries test vehicle (based on the Minuteman 1 second stage) for Strategic Defence Initiative payloads. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kiruna The sounding rocket launch site at Kiruna was officially opened in September 1966 under the auspices of ESRO (European Space Research Organisation). When ESA was created in 1972 and replaced ESRO, Kiruna came under the management of the Swedish Space Corporation, a state-owned limited liability company under the Swedish Ministry of Industry. The 'Esrange' is located 45 km from the town of Kiruna and has seven permanent pads able to launch the largest sounding rockets, including the Black Brant 9, Skylark 12, and Castor 4B-boosted vehicles. More...

Kiruna A Chronology


1976 March 30 - . 20:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna A. Launch Vehicle: Aries. LV Configuration: Aries NASA 24.01IE. FAILURE: Failure.
  • DLR K-AR-75 Porc. F1 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: NASA; DLR. Apogee: 360 km (220 mi).

1977 March 20 - . 19:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna A. Launch Vehicle: Aries. LV Configuration: Aries NASA 24.02IE.
  • DLR K-AR-82 Porc. F2 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: NASA; DLR. Apogee: 460 km (280 mi).

1979 March 19 - . 22:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna A. Launch Vehicle: Aries. LV Configuration: Aries NASA 24.05IE.
  • DLR K-AR-92 Porc. F3 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 460 km (280 mi).

1979 March 31 - . 22:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Kiruna. Launch Complex: Kiruna A. Launch Vehicle: Aries. LV Configuration: Aries NASA 24.06IE.
  • DLR K-AR-93 Porc. F4 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 452 km (280 mi).

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