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Woomera LA1


S launch complex.

Longitude: 136.5037 deg.
Latitude: -30.9587 deg.
First Launch: 2002.07.14.
Last Launch: 2005.10.09.
Number: 2 .

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  • Woomera After World War II British government recognized the need for a large range to test the incredible array of long-range missile systems then planned. After considering sites in Canada, it was decided that Australia would best meet the projected needs. The Long Range Weapons Establishment was created on 1 April 1947 as a joint British/Australian enterprise. 23 days later the name Woomera (an aboriginal word of axtlaxtl, or spear thrower) was selected for the new town to be built as its administrative center. Woomera town peaked at a population of 6,000 in the 1960's. Thereafter the progressive cancellation of British missile and space projects put Woomera went into sustained decline. However it played a key role in the history of rocketry, including orbital launches or launch attempts by Black Arrow, Sparta, and Europa boosters. More...

Woomera LA1 Chronology


1959 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT8.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1960 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT. LV Configuration: HAT HAT01.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1960 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT11.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1960 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT9.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1960 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT10.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1961 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT13.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1964 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Long Tom. LV Configuration: Long Tom LT15.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1967 December 1 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAD.
  • HAD-WRESAT - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1968 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT.
  • Explorer 37 cal - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1969 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT. LV Configuration: HAT WRE HAT 54.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1969 July 24 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAD. LV Configuration: HAD HAD 309.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

1969 August 5 - . 09:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1021.
  • Grenades - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 208 km (129 mi).

1969 December 9 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAD. LV Configuration: HAD HAD 310.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 115 km (71 mi).

1970 November 5 - . 18:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1016.
  • Grenades - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 148 km (91 mi).

1971 September 20 - . 23:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. LV Configuration: Aero High AH1013.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 155 km (96 mi).

1971 November 24 - . 09:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT. LV Configuration: HAT WRE HAT 637.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 81 km (50 mi).

1972 July 19 - . 08:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT. LV Configuration: HAT WRE HAT 638.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1972 July 20 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1020.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1972 October 11 - . 09:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: HAT. LV Configuration: HAT WRE HAT 639.
  • - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 80 km (49 mi).

1972 November 22 - . 22:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo 1029.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 131 km (81 mi).

1973 June 20 - . 23:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo.
  • Li release - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1974 June 28 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4006.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 130 km (80 mi).

1974 October 1 - . 23:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4009.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

1974 October 2 - . 07:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4007.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

1975 April 28 - . 23:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Cockatoo. LV Configuration: Cockatoo Mk 4 4018.
  • O2 density - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 124 km (77 mi).

2002 July 14 - . 01:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-735. FAILURE: Failure.
  • National Experimental Supersonic Transport NEXST-1 test - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NAL. Apogee: 0 km ( mi). Summary: The intention was that an 11.5-m-long, one tenth scale model of the aircraft would be propelled by the NAL-735 solid rocket booster to Mach 2 at 18 km altitude. Instead the vehicle lost stability and crashed near the launch point..

2005 October 9 - . 21:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. LV Family: S. Launch Vehicle: NAL-735.
  • NEXST-1 F2 - . Nation: Japan. Agency: NAL. Apogee: 20 km (12 mi).

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