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Aberporth
Aberporth
Aberporth
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The Aberporth military test range is located on Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. It already became associated with solid rocket tests during the Second World War. Development of surface-to-air missiles began there in 1948 and tests were made of re-entry and high-speed aircraft shapes in the 1960's. Due to the military nature of the site, the only sounding rocket launches have been to support military test operations.

First Launch: 1959-06-29. Last Launch: 1973-01-01. Number: 44 . Location: Cardigan, Wales. Longitude: -4.5566 deg. Latitude: 52.1393 deg.



Family: Jaguar, Suborbital Launch Site. Country: UK. Launch Vehicles: Rook, Leopard, Jaguar 1, Skua 1, Rook IIIA, Skylark 6. Agency: Royal Aerospace Establishment. Bibliography: 2, 572.

1959 June 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
1959 July 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook. FAILURE: Failure.
1959 October 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960 January 2 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960 January 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard. FAILURE: Failure.
1960 February 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 April 21 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Blue Water.
1960 April 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Blue Water.
1960 April 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 April 29 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 May 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 May 27 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 July 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1960 July 14 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1960 August 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Jaguar 1.
1960 November 17 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 April 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 July 20 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1961 August 24 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1962 January 19 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1962 June 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Blue Water.
1962 November 30 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Leopard.
1964 December 10 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1965 May 12 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1965 July 23 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1967 July 11 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1967 September 7 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1969 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1970 February 5 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1971 January 14 - . 11:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6.
  • DLR AB-GR-40 test - . Nation: Germany. Agency: BAC, DLR. Apogee: 7.00 km (4.30 mi).

1971 January 19 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 January 21 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1971 January 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 60 km (37 mi).

1971 January 26 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 61 km (37 mi).

1971 January 28 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 57 km (35 mi).

1971 February 4 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1971 February 8 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1971 February 10 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Skua.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: UK. Agency: MO-UK. Apogee: 62 km (38 mi).

1971 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1971 July 3 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Rook. Launch Vehicle: Rook IIIA.
1972 June 22 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Rook.
1972 July 20 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. LV Family: Skylark. Launch Vehicle: Skylark 6.
  • UK SL1183 (Dummy R) test - . Nation: UK. Agency: BAC. Apogee: 5.00 km (3.10 mi).

1973 - . Launch Site: Aberporth. Launch Vehicle: Petrel.
  • Target - . Nation: UK. Agency: MOD. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).


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