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McMurdo Station


Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 28 launches from 1962 to 1963, reaching up to 69 kilometers altitude.

Location: Ross Ice Shelf, New Zealand Antarctic Territory.
Longitude: 166.6600 deg.
Latitude: -77.8500 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...

McMurdo Station Chronology


1962 June 19 - . 16:33 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 32 km (19 mi).

1962 July 21 - . 05:55 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 51 km (31 mi).

1962 August 16 - . 15:39 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 3 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 41 km (25 mi).

1962 September 11 - . 17:32 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 4 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 63 km (39 mi).

1962 September 21 - . 03:14 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 5 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1962 September 27 - . 04:19 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 6 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 69 km (42 mi).

1962 October 3 - . 03:34 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 7 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 66 km (41 mi).

1962 October 18 - . 16:34 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 8 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 31 km (19 mi).

1962 November 3 - . 04:20 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 9 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 November 7 - . 16:35 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 10 (MCM 30) Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 November 15 - . 05:47 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 11 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 November 28 - . 03:14 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 12 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 December 5 - . 05:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 13 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 December 12 - . 04:17 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 14 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1962 December 21 - . 03:49 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 15 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 January 9 - . 03:20 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 16 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 January 16 - . 04:45 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 17 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 February 6 - . 05:35 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 18 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 February 27 - . 04:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 19 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 April 24 - . 01:00 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 20 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 May 16 - . 03:40 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 21 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 July 29 - . 03:48 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 22 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 August 14 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 23 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 August 23 - . 03:03 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 24 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 September 17 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 25 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 September 18 - . 02:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 26 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 September 27 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 27 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Schellinger. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1963 October 3 - . 03:30 GMT - . Launch Site: McMurdo Station. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Arcas.
  • McMurdo 28 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

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