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Wallops Island LA5


Cajun, Black Brant, Apache launch complex. Launch Area 5

Longitude: -75.4681 deg.
Latitude: 37.8529 deg.
First Launch: 1970.03.06.
Last Launch: 1976.01.10.
Number: 7 .

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Nike Cajun American sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle sounding rocket consisting of a Nike booster together with a Cajun upper stage. Aside from the Soviet MMR-06, the Nike-Cajun was the most often launched sounding rocket. The Cajun motor was developed for NASA in the 1950's by Thiokol, providing a more modern but still affordable replacement for the World War II-era Deacon. More...
  • Nike Apache American sounding rocket. The most popular sounding rocket introduced during the early 1960's was this two-stage, solid-propellant vehicle consisting of a Nike booster and Apache upper stage. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Wallops Island Small NASA launch site for sounding rocket launches and occasional Scout launches to orbit. Air launches are conducted from the Drop Zone Wallops Island, 37.00 N 72.0 W. With the last orbital launch in 1985 and the decline in sounding rocket launches, Wallops fell into near-disuse as a launch center. Its fortunes revised with the establishment of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport in 2005 and orbital launches resumed in 2010. More...

Wallops Island LA5 Chronology


1970 March 6 - . 18:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.426UM.
  • UM Pitot 43 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 162 km (100 mi).

1970 March 7 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun NASA 10.345GM.
  • Ozone / H2O Eclipse aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 67 km (41 mi).

1970 March 7 - . 17:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.427UM.
  • UM Pitot 44 Eclipse aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 171 km (106 mi).

1970 March 7 - . 18:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Apache. Launch Vehicle: Nike Apache. LV Configuration: Nike Apache NASA 14.428UM.
  • UM Pitot 45 Eclipse aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 176 km (109 mi).

1970 March 7 - . 18:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun NASA 10.346GM.
  • Eclipse aeronomy / chemica mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 68 km (42 mi).

1970 March 8 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Cajun. Launch Vehicle: Nike Cajun. LV Configuration: Nike Cajun NASA 10.331GM.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1976 January 10 - . 14:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA5. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant 5C. LV Configuration: Black Brant VC NASA 12.29GT-IT.
  • SSC S19A Technology mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 290 km (180 mi).

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