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Poker Flat FW


Nike, Deacon launch complex. Fort Wainwright

Longitude: -147.6330 deg.
Latitude: 64.8000 deg.
First Launch: 1954.07.22.
Last Launch: 1965.10.22.
Number: 3 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Deacon American test vehicle. The Deacon was an advanced solid rocket motor design cancelled at the end of World War II. In 1947 NACA began using reworked surplus motors to boost instrumented subscale aircraft models to speeds of up to Mach 4. They became a workhorse for the Agency's aerodynamic research, resulting in new production. Thousands were flown, until, by the end of the 1950's, supersonic wind tunnels took over the job. Data shown is for single-stage version. More...
  • Nike Iroquois American sounding rocket. Aerojet developed the Nike-Iroquois (also called Niro) to fulfill a US Air Force requirement for a low-cost sounding rocket with roll control and high structural strength. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Poker Flat Sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1969 to present. Poker Flat Rocket Range (PFRR) contains five major launch pads. Pads 1 and 2 each have a 7.5K launcher, pads 3 and 4 each contain 20K MRL launchers, and pad 5 contains a 4K twin boom launcher. Pad 3 is equipped with a moveable launcher enclosure which can be used to protect a rocket on pad 3 and workers from the severe winter weather. More...

Poker Flat FW Chronology


1954 July 22 - . 19:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. Launch Complex: Poker Flat FW. LV Family: Deacon. Launch Vehicle: Deacon.
  • Gamma ray astronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 86 km (53 mi).

1965 October 18 - . 08:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. Launch Complex: Poker Flat FW. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AE07.618D.
  • Auroral I / O Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1965 October 22 - . 07:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. Launch Complex: Poker Flat FW. LV Family: Nike. Launch Vehicle: Nike Iroquois. LV Configuration: Nike Iroquois CRL AE07.619D.
  • Auroral I / O Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

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