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North Truro



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North Truro
Credit: © Mark Wade
Nike-Hydac launch site located at North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod, used 1969-1970.

Starting in 1969 the Missile and Drone Division of the Air Force Missile Development Center (Holloman AFB) was tasked to support the development of sensors at MIT. It was determined that it would be more cost effective to have a launch site in the New England area rather than attempt to move the sensor to Holloman AFB/White Sands Missile Range. Accordingly, a site was located at North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod. Under the code name Have Horn, a sounding rocket launcher and associated equipment was installed at that station. The first Nike-Hydac sounding rocket was launched from that site in December 1969 and followed with a few more in the early 1970 time period. All launches were successful. Following the launches, all equipment was air-lifted back to Holloman AFB. Wayne O. Mattson was launch control officer for this exercise.

Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Longitude: -70.0200 deg.
Latitude: 42.0000 deg.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Nike Single stage vehicles consisting first of just the Nike booster were initially fired in the course of development of the Nike-Ajax surface-to-air missile. Later it was used occasionally as a sounding rocket, but much more often as the boost stage of a multi-stage sounding rocket. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nike Hydac American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Nike + 1 x Hydac More...

Bibliography
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North Truro Chronology


1969 December - . Launch Site: North Truro. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Hydac.
  • USAF Nike-Hydac launches from Cape Cod - . Nation: USA. USAF Sat Cat: 1 . Under the code name Have Horn, a sounding rocket launcher and associated equipment was installed at North Truro Air Force Station on Cape Cod. A series of Nike-Hydac sounding rockets were fired to test MIT sensors. Launches continued until early 1970, after which all equipment was air-lifted back to Holloman AFB. Wayne O. Mattson was launch control officer for this exercise.

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