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

AKA: Black Brant 4B. Status: Retired 1981. First Launch: 1971-02-05. Last Launch: 1981-12-13. Number: 30 . Gross mass: 1,400 kg (3,000 lb). Height: 12.00 m (39.00 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 950 km (590 mi).

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



Country: Canada. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Fort Churchill, Kwajalein RN, Andoya, Barking Sands, Natal, El Arenosillo, Cape Parry, Sonde Stromfjord, Chilca. Stages: 12KS10000, 15KS25000. Agency: Bristol.

1971 February 5 - . 22:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Impedance dipole Aurora / ionosphere / meteorology mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 784 km (487 mi).

1972 January 15 - . 06:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Not in FC Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 800 km (490 mi).

1972 May 17 - . 07:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • X-ray survey X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 660 km (410 mi).

1973 January 29 - . 05:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 760 km (470 mi).

1973 February 9 - . 02:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Aeronomy / plasma / aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 760 km (470 mi).

1973 June 21 - . 10:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Barking Sands. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Galactic X-rays X-ray astronomy mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 686 km (426 mi).

1973 August 9 - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Test mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1973 August 9 - . 20:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • HI Rate Midas Conv test - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 605 km (375 mi).

1973 November 22 - . 21:29 GMT - . Launch Site: Natal. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 650 km (400 mi).

1974 February 6 - . 22:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • DLR A-BB4-63 Auroral mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 548 km (340 mi).

1974 February 13 - . 22:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Aurora / ionosphere / fields mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 638 km (396 mi).

1974 March 29 - . 02:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Chilca. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • EQUION Ionosphere / eclipse mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Aerospace. Apogee: 742 km (461 mi).

1974 December 11 - . 22:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Aurora / ionosphere mission Aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 600 km (370 mi).

1974 December 17 - . 10:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • DLR G-BB4-64 PolCusp Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi).

1974 December 18 - . 11:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB. FAILURE: Failure.
  • DLR G-BB4-65 PolCusp Ionosphere mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 0 km (0 mi).

1975 January 6 - . 23:56 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Periquito Plasma / barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 540 km (330 mi).

1975 January 11 - . 00:32 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Periquito Plasma / barium release mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: Sandia. Apogee: 540 km (330 mi).

1975 January 11 - . 10:53 GMT - . Launch Site: Sonde Stromfjord. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • DLR G-BB4-66 Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: DFVLR. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi).

1975 November 25 - . 23:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Periquito Plasma / barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRCC, Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1975 November 28 - . 23:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Periquito Plasma / barium release mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRCC, Sandia. Apogee: 500 km (310 mi).

1976 January 20 - . 01:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • VLF Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: USAF GL. Apogee: 632 km (392 mi).

1976 February 5 - . 05:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Test / aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 730 km (450 mi).

1976 June 27 - . 08:58 GMT - . Launch Site: El Arenosillo. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • DLR H-BB4B-76 Extreme ultraviolet astronomy mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1977 March 8 - . 04:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Pitch angles Test / aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 700 km (430 mi).

1977 August 23 - . Launch Site: Kwajalein. Launch Complex: Kwajalein RN. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Nation: USA. Apogee: 160 km (90 mi).

1978 February 27 - . 05:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Aurora / ionosphere mission Aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 785 km (487 mi).

1981 January 26 - . 07:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • Substorm Auroral mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 584 km (362 mi).

1981 March 28 - . 01:54 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • FALCONS Ionosphere / plasma / fields mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 675 km (419 mi).

1981 December 6 - . 23:14 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB.
  • CENTAUR Auroral mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 615 km (382 mi).

1981 December 13 - . 21:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Parry. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant IVB. FAILURE: Failure.
  • CENTAUR Auroral mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 50 km (31 mi).


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