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Villa Reynolds



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Villa Reynolds
Credit: © Mark Wade
Sounding rocket launch location known to have been used for 2 launches in 1973, reaching up to 240 kilometers altitude.

Location: Villa Reynolds Air Base, Mercedes, San Luis.
Longitude: -65.3773 deg.
Latitude: -33.7246 deg.

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Associated Countries
  • Argentina The Argentine Interplanetary Society was organized in the 1940's. In 1952 Argentina was one of the founding members of the International Astronautical Federation. From 1960 the Comision Nacional de Investigaciones Espaciales (CNIE) worked with the Argentine Air Force's Instituto de Investigaciones Aeronauticas y Espaciales (IIAE) to develop indigenous sounding rockets and missiles. Argentina was the first country in Latin America to send an object into space using an indigenously-developed rocket. In the 1980's Argentina took part in a multinational effort to develop the Condor intermediate range missile. Under American pressure, the Condor Program was canceled in 1991, the IIAE and CNIE were dismantled, and further work on launch vehicles was banned. A new civilian space agency, CONAE was created, which concentrated on development of surveillance satellites for earth resource and environmental monitoring. More...

See also
  • Skylark The Skylark sounding rocket (originally named the Gassiot High Altitude Vehicle) was produced by the Royal Aircraft Establishment and first introduced in 1957, during the International Geophysical Year. It remained in European service until 2005. More...

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

Villa Reynolds Chronology


1973 March 22 - . 17:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Villa Reynolds. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 AC SL1182.
  • UK SL1182 Earth imaging mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 240 km (140 mi).

1973 March 28 - . 17:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Villa Reynolds. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6 AC. LV Configuration: Skylark 6 AC SL1181.
  • Earth imaging mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 240 km (140 mi).

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