Encyclopedia Astronautica
Punta Lobos



puntalob.gif
Punta Lobos
Credit: © Mark Wade
Sounding rocket launch site. In use from 1980 to 1990. Known to have been used for 23 launches in 1983, reaching up to 590 kilometers altitude.

Longitude: -76.8000 deg.
Latitude: -12.5000 deg.

More... - Chronology...


Associated Countries
See also
  • Hawk American surface-to-air missile and sounding rocket family. More...
  • Honest John Unguided single-stage solid-propellant US Army missile developed by Douglas Aircraft. It was later used as the booster stage for a range of sounding rockets, test vehicles, and targets. More...
  • Loki American unguided solid-propellant barrage anti-aircraft rocket adapted to use as a meteorological sounding rocket. More...
  • Terrier Standard US Navy surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950's. Modified single stage Navy Terrier missiles were used as sounding rockets, sometimes supplemented with upper stages. More...

Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Super Loki American sounding rocket. Larger-diameter version of single-stage Loki sounding rocket, developed originally for NASA's Marshall Spaceflight Center. 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...
  • Nike Orion American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle. Payload 68 kg to 190 km or 204 kg to 90 km. The Nike motor had three equally spaced unmodified Ajax fins, and the Orion motor had four fins on the aft end arranged in a cruciform configuration to provide stability. The first stage Nike booster had an action time of 3.2 seconds. The second stage ignited 9 seconds after liftoff and had an action time of 32 seconds. Capability 68 kg payload to 190 kilometers or a 204 kg payload to 90 kilometers when launched from sea level at an 85 degree launch angle. More...
  • Taurus Orion American sounding rocket. 2 stage vehicle composed of 1 x Taurus (Honest John motor) + 1 x Orion. Payload 68 kg to 260 km or 227 kg to 140 km. More...
  • Taurus Tomahawk American sounding rocket. NASA two stage sounding rocket. Payload 27 kg to 590 km or 59 kg to 490 km. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • McDowell, Jonathan, Jonathan's Space Home Page (launch records), Harvard University, 1997-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Punta Lobos Chronology


1983 February 27 - . 16:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.28UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 2 - . 02:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. LV Configuration: Terrier Malemute NASA 29.20UE.
  • CONDOR Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 590 km (360 mi).

1983 March 3 - . 03:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Orion. LV Configuration: Taurus Orion NASA 33.26UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1983 March 8 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0380.
  • CONDOR Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1983 March 8 - . 16:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.26GE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 8 - . 19:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0388.
  • CONDOR Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 65 km (40 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 02:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0358.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 03:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.27GE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 03:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.32GE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 03:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0389.
  • CONDOR Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 05:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0382.
  • CONDOR Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 05:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0359.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 79 km (49 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 06:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0385.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 07:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0390.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 08:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0386.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 88 km (54 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 08:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.33GE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 9 - . 09:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0361.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 85 km (52 mi).

1983 March 12 - . 15:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Honest John. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Orion. LV Configuration: Taurus Orion NASA 33.27UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1983 March 12 - . 17:09 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Hawk. Launch Vehicle: Nike Orion. LV Configuration: Nike Orion NASA 31.29UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1983 March 15 - . 02:33 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Terrier Malemute. LV Configuration: Terrier Malemute NASA 29.19UE.
  • CONDOR Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 520 km (320 mi).

1983 March 21 - . 09:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Taurus Tomahawk NASA 34.10UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 March 23 - . 09:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Taurus Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Taurus Tomahawk NASA 34.09UE.
  • Project Condor Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1983 March 23 - . 18:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Punta Lobos. LV Family: Loki. Launch Vehicle: Super Loki. LV Configuration: Super Loki TU1-0391.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 78 km (48 mi).

Home - Browse - Contact
© / Conditions for Use