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Aero High
Australian sounding rocket. Two stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Gosling IV + 1 x Vela

Status: Retired 1972. First Launch: 1964-07-01. Last Launch: 1972-01-01. Number: 12 . Gross mass: 400 kg (880 lb). Height: 6.40 m (20.90 ft). Diameter: 0.26 m (0.85 ft). Apogee: 200 km (120 mi).

Four Gosling motors with canted nozzles were used as boosters for the British Thunderbird ramjet surface-to-air missile. 664 Gosling IV motors were supplied for the Thunderbird, Bloodhound, and Seaslug Mark II missiles.

For sounding rocket applications, motors were supplied with in-line nozzles. The Gosling IV had an a all up mass of 256 kg, was 3.00 m long, and 0.254 m in diameter. It produced an average thrust of 124 kN over its 3.15 second burn time.



Country: Australia. Launch Sites: Woomera, Woomera LA2, Woomera LA1. Stages: Gosling, Vela engine. Agency: WRE. Bibliography: 2.

1964 Q3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1964 Q3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1968 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1968 November 28 - . 18:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

1968 December 12 - . 18:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 150 km (90 mi).

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

1970 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

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

1971 March 3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1971 March 3 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 178 km (110 mi).

1971 September 20 - . 23:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA1. Launch Vehicle: Aero High.
1972 - . Launch Site: Woomera. Launch Complex: Woomera LA2. Launch Vehicle: Aero High. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Australia. Agency: WRE. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).


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