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Petrel-1


Solid rocket stage. 4.50 kN (1,012 lbf) thrust. Mass 100 kg (220 lb).

Status: Retired 1982.
Gross mass: 100 kg (220 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 26 kg (57 lb).
Height: 1.80 m (5.90 ft).
Diameter: 0.19 m (0.62 ft).
Thrust: 4.50 kN (1,012 lbf).
Burn time: 30 s.
Number: 231 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Petrel 1 British sounding rocket. Petrel was a larger sounding rocket built by Bristol Aerojet using the same launch technique as Skua. Three Chick rockets blasted the upper stage and payload out of a 10-m long launch tube. The 4.5 kN Lapwing second stage burned for 30 seconds. A unique aspect was that the Chick boosters could be recovered and reloaded with propellant. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Bristol Canadian manufacturer of rocket engines and rockets. Bristol Aerospace Limited, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. More...

Associated Propellants
  • Solid Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. Solid propellants have the fuel and oxidiser embedded in a rubbery matrix. They were developed to a high degree of perfection in the United States in the 1950's and 1960's. In Russia, development was slower, due to a lack of technical leadership in the area and rail handling problems. More...

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