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Siple


Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 11 launches from 1978 to 1981, reaching up to 211 kilometers altitude.

Location: Ellsworth Land.
Longitude: -84.2481 deg.
Latitude: -75.9400 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
  • Nike Tomahawk American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of a Nike booster and Tomahawk upper stage. Payload 45 kg to 370 km or 115 kg to 215 km. More...
  • Super Arcas American sounding rocket. Single stage vehicle, improved version of the original Arcas with a lengthened motor burning for 40 seconds. Payload 4 kg to 100 km or 8 kg to 40 km. More...

Associated Launch Sites

Siple Chronology


1978 January 4 - . Launch Site: Siple. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.160UE. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1978 January 4 - . Launch Site: Siple. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.162UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1978 January 4 - . Launch Site: Siple. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.161UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1978 January 12 - . Launch Site: Siple. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.163UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1980 December 12 - . 11:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple A. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.189UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1980 December 12 - . 17:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple RAG. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.203UE.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 211 km (131 mi).

1980 December 20 - . 17:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple A. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.190UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1980 December 20 - . 17:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple RAG. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.204UE.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

1981 January 10 - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple A. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.191UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1981 January 10 - . 18:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple RAG. LV Family: Tomahawk Sandia. Launch Vehicle: Nike Tomahawk. LV Configuration: Nike Tomahawk NASA 18.205UE.
  • Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 198 km (123 mi).

1981 January 11 - . Launch Site: Siple. Launch Complex: Siple A. LV Family: Arcas. Launch Vehicle: Super Arcas. LV Configuration: Super Arcas NASA 15.192UE.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

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