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Black Brant IVA
Part of Black Brant Family
Canadian sounding rocket.

AKA: Black Brant 4A. Status: Retired 1976. First Launch: 1964-06-24. Last Launch: 1976-03-10. Number: 35 . Gross mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb). Height: 12.00 m (39.00 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 850 km (520 mi).

2 stage vehicle consisting of 1 x Black Brant VA + 1 x Black Brant IIIA.



Country: Canada. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Poker Flat, Fort Churchill, Eglin, Andoya, Natal, El Arenosillo. Stages: 9KS11000, 15KS25000. Agency: Bristol.

1964 June 24 - . 20:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Nation: Canada. Agency: CARDE. Apogee: 467 km (290 mi).

1964 July 2 - . 21:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: CARDE. Apogee: 1.00 km (0.60 mi).

1965 January 22 - . 21:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: CARDE. Apogee: 670 km (410 mi).

1965 January 23 - . 18:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: CARDE. Apogee: 735 km (456 mi).

1966 November 29 - . 06:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • CR / ne probe Plasma / fields mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1966 December 15 - . 15:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 871 km (541 mi).

1966 December 15 - . 21:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Test mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 871 km (541 mi).

1968 April 6 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Calgary CR / ionos Ionosphere / chemical release mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 862 km (535 mi).

1968 May 7 - . 05:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Isis test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: DRTE, NASA. Apogee: 820 km (500 mi).

1968 June 11 - . 23:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • SAAP Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 790 km (490 mi).

1968 December 3 - . 19:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • DLR N-BB4 Magnetospheric mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1968 December 4 - . 17:51 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1968 December 4 - . 18:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Mass spectrometer Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1969 January 14 - . 05:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Aeronomy / plasma mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 99 km (61 mi).

1969 March 6 - . 06:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 791 km (491 mi).

1969 May 1 - . 20:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Electron content Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 760 km (470 mi).

1969 May 7 - . 14:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Electron content Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 820 km (500 mi).

1969 June 15 - . 14:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF Propagation Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 582 km (361 mi).

1969 September 6 - . 14:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF Propagation Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF. Apogee: 623 km (387 mi).

1969 September 19 - . 03:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 856 km (531 mi).

1969 December 15 - . 02:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Auroral particles Aurora / ionosphere mission Aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 774 km (480 mi).

1970 February 24 - . 07:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF / Particles Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 796 km (494 mi).

1970 March 15 - . 13:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • DLR A-BB4-28 Eva Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 650 km (400 mi).

1970 March 18 - . 02:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • DLR A-BB4-29 Gerda Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 665 km (413 mi).

1970 August 21 - . 01:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Propagation Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 56 km (34 mi).

1970 September 25 - . 03:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1970 September 29 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1970 December 7 - . 21:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Twilight airglow Aeronomy / x-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 770 km (470 mi).

1971 February 20 - . 03:23 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Auroral emissions Aurora / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 785 km (487 mi).

1971 June 7 - . 19:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF Propagation Ionosphere VLF mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1973 October 24 - . 03:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF Propagation Ionosphere VLF mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 609 km (378 mi).

1973 October 25 - . 03:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Eglin. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • VLF Propagation Ionosphere VLF mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1973 November 27 - . 15:06 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Skylab Ba+ Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 552 km (342 mi).

1973 December 4 - . 15:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA.
  • Skylab Ba+ Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 570 km (350 mi).

1976 March 10 - . 09:10 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • DLR H-BB4-74 Extreme ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).


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