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Skylark 12-2


Solid rocket stage. 105.00 kN (23,605 lbf) thrust. Mass 1,300 kg (2,866 lb).

AKA: Raven.
Status: Active.
Gross mass: 1,300 kg (2,800 lb).
Unfuelled mass: 290 kg (630 lb).
Height: 5.50 m (18.00 ft).
Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft).
Thrust: 105.00 kN (23,604 lbf).
Burn time: 39 s.
Number: 98 .

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Associated Countries
Associated Engines
Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Skylark 7 British sounding rocket. Three stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Raven 7 + 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Raven 11 More...
  • Skylark 7 AC British sounding rocket. Two stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Goldfinch II + 1 x Raven 11 More...
  • Skylark 12 British sounding rocket. Three stage Skylark version consisting of 1 x Goldfinch + 1 x Raven 11 + 1 x Cuckoo 4. The AC version uses an uprated Goldfinch II booster. The Raven XI is loaded with 990 kg of propellant and produced 2500 kN-sec total impulse over 39 seconds. The Cuckoo IV stage provides 452 kN-sec impulse over 15 seconds. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
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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