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Kwajalein RN


Tomahawk Sandia, Terrier, Super Chief, Sergeant, Nike, Honest John, Cajun, Black Brant, Asp, DOT launch complex. Roi-Namur Island

Longitude: 167.4652 deg.
Latitude: 9.4013 deg.
First Launch: 1961.11.15.
Last Launch: 1990.08.22.
Number: 42 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • 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...
  • Asp Apache American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Asp + 1 x Apache More...
  • HJ Nike Hydac American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x M-6 + 1 x Nike + 1 x Hydac More...
  • Nike Hydac American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Nike + 1 x Hydac More...
  • Castor American suborbital launch vehicle. Single stage version. More...
  • Terrier Malemute American sounding rocket. The Terrier-Malemute launch vehicle was a high performance two-stage vehicle used for payloads weighing less than 180 kg, generally used for relatively lightweight plasma physics payloads. Payload 90 kg to 650 km or 180 kg to 420 km. More...
  • Talos Sergeant Hydac American sounding rocket. Three stage sounding rocket consisting of 1 x Talos booster + 1 x Sergeant + 1 x Hydac More...
  • DOT American sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle consisting of 2 x Recruit + 1 x Castor + 1 x Star 26C More...
  • Black Brant 9 Canadian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Terrier Mk 70 + 1 x Black Brant VB. More...
  • Taurus Tomahawk Nike Three stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Taurus (Honest John motor) + 1 x Nike + 1 x Tomahawk. Payload 32 kg to 700 km or 125 kg to 400 km. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Kwajalein The US military base located on this Pacific island group has major tracking facilities and is near the impact area for dummy warheads fired by ICBM's from Vandenberg AFB. It is a key test location for anti-ballistic missile systems. More...

Kwajalein RN Chronology


1961 November 15 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Asp. Launch Vehicle: Asp Apache.
  • Highball Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1962 February 6 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-6 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 2 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-7 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 12 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-9 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 12 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-8 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 15 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-10 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 20 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-11 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1962 March 21 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache.
  • SPEEDBALL SK-12 - . Nation: USA. Agency: USA. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1963 March 26 - . 01:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 1.
  • Three-sphere payload Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 93 km (57 mi).

1963 March 29 - . 02:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 2.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 177 km (109 mi).

1963 June 18 - . 03:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 3.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 177 km (109 mi).

1963 June 20 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 4.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 180 km (110 mi).

1963 November 4 - . 10:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 5.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1963 November 4 - . 12:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 6.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1963 November 9 - . 16:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 7.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 141 km (87 mi).

1963 November 14 - . 14:58 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 8.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 127 km (78 mi).

1963 December 18 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 9.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1963 December 18 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 10.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1964 January 23 - . 18:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 11.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 172 km (106 mi).

1964 March 13 - . 18:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 12.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 174 km (108 mi).

1964 May 12 - . 11:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 13.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 144 km (89 mi).

1964 June 17 - . 01:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 14.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1964 June 18 - . 02:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 15.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 149 km (92 mi).

1964 June 18 - . 16:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun Falling Sphere 16.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USN. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

1975 January 9 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor. LV Configuration: Castor-2R.
  • Re-entry Vehicle test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1975 August 7 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor. LV Configuration: Castor-2R.
  • Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1975 December 4 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor. LV Configuration: Castor-2R.
  • Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 June 27 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor. LV Configuration: Castor-2R.
  • Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1976 August 21 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hydac. LV Configuration: Nike Hydac GL A11.605. FAILURE: Failure.
  • TREP ABRES Density Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 15 km (9 mi).

1976 August 31 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hydac. LV Configuration: Nike Hydac GL A11.408-1.
  • TREP SAMSO 1202-B Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

1977 May 18 - . 13:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hydac. LV Configuration: Nike Hydac GL A11.712-1.
  • ABRES Density / TDV-1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 188 km (116 mi).

1977 July 29 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Hydac. LV Configuration: HJ Nike Hydac SRK-11.
  • HAVE JEEP IV Reentry test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF SAMSO. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1977 August 23 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 4B. LV Configuration: Black Brant IVB Equatorial Wideband.
  • - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

1978 December 5 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Sergeant. Launch Vehicle: Castor. LV Configuration: Castor-2R.
  • DOT 1 Interceptor mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 235 km (146 mi).

1980 February 5 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: DOT.
  • DOT 2 Interceptor mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 324 km (201 mi).

1980 September 17 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: DOT.
  • DOT 3 Interceptor mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 296 km (183 mi).

1981 June 12 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Vehicle: DOT.
  • DOT 4 Interceptor mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 303 km (188 mi).

1987? - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Pad: RN?. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-A Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 October 4 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP IV-D Reentry test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1987 November 18 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP VIII-A Reentry test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988? - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. Launch Pad: RN?. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-C Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988 March 7 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Super Chief. Launch Vehicle: Talos Sergeant Hydac. FAILURE: Failure.
  • HAVE JEEP VII-B Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1988 October 19 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: HJ Nike Hydac.
  • HAVE JEEP II-C Reentry test - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF BMD. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1990 July 30 - . 09:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. LV Configuration: Terrier Malemute NASA 29.28UE.
  • EQUIS Spread F Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 480 km (290 mi).

1990 August 2 - . 10:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. LV Configuration: Terrier Malemute NASA 29.29UE.
  • EQUIS Spread F Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 480 km (290 mi).

1990 August 11 - . 08:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk Nike. LV Configuration: Taurus Nike Tomahawk NASA 38.17UE.
  • CRRES AA-5 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 375 km (233 mi).

1990 August 15 - . 08:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk Nike. LV Configuration: Taurus Nike Tomahawk NASA 38.15UE.
  • CRRES AA-6 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 428 km (265 mi).

1990 August 15 - . 08:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk Nike. LV Configuration: Taurus Nike Tomahawk NASA 38.16UE.
  • CRRES Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 440 km (270 mi).

1990 August 22 - . 08:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 9. LV Configuration: Black Brant IX NASA 36.56DE.
  • NICARE 2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 350 km (210 mi).

1990 August 22 - . 08:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk Nike. LV Configuration: Taurus Nike Tomahawk NASA 38.18UE.
  • CRRES Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 440 km (270 mi).

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