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Black Brant VA
Part of Black Brant Family
Canadian single stage sounding rocket.

AKA: Black Brant 5A. Status: Retired 1999. First Launch: 1966-12-13. Last Launch: 1999-07-14. Number: 28 . Gross mass: 1,100 kg (2,400 lb). Height: 8.30 m (27.20 ft). Diameter: 0.44 m (1.44 ft). Apogee: 170 km (100 mi).



Country: Canada. Launch Sites: Poker Flat, Fort Churchill, Andoya, Red Lake, Red Lake CHK. Stages: 15KS25000. Agency: Bristol.

1966 December 13 - . 08:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Geminids Aurora / ionosphere / meteorology mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 48 km (29 mi).

1967 September 28 - . 16:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 165 km (102 mi).

1967 October 5 - . 04:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Test / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 182 km (113 mi).

1967 December 6 - . 16:21 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Particles Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 137 km (85 mi).

1968 June 10 - . 15:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • D region protons Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 112 km (69 mi).

1968 November 19 - . 08:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • PCA D-region Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 129 km (80 mi).

1969 November 2 - . 20:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Cap U-2 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 120 km (70 mi).

1969 November 3 - . 06:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Cap U-1 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1969 November 3 - . 13:52 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Cap U-5 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 113 km (70 mi).

1969 November 3 - . 17:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Ionosphere Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1969 November 3 - . 22:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Cap U-3 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 82 km (50 mi).

1969 November 4 - . 23:08 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Polar Cap U-6 Plasma mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1970 February 2 - . 23:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • DLR A-BBV-23 Synove Aeronomy / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 202 km (125 mi).

1970 February 14 - . 03:26 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • DLR A-BBV-24 Monica Aeronomy / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 210 km (130 mi).

1970 February 14 - . 05:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • DLR A-BBV-25 Evelyn Aeronomy / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 223 km (138 mi).

1970 March 6 - . 02:12 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • DLR A-BBV-27 Chr'ine Aeronomy / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 217 km (134 mi).

1970 March 8 - . 02:03 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • DLR A-BBV-26 Inger Aeronomy / ionosphere / plasma mission - . Nation: Germany. Agency: DLR. Apogee: 161 km (100 mi).

1972 March 16 - . 10:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • ICECAP 72 Plasma / infrared aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 145 km (90 mi).

1972 September 24 - . 14:05 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Auroral D / E region Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 127 km (78 mi).

1972 September 25 - . 19:24 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Auroral D / E region Ionosphere mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: AFCRL. Apogee: 126 km (78 mi).

1972 October 11 - . 03:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Auroral infrared Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NRL. Apogee: 144 km (89 mi).

1973 November 25 - . 22:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA. FAILURE: Failure.
  • Auroral mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 103 km (64 mi).

1977 January 13 - . 04:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Auroral UV / infrared Aurora / ionosphere mission Aurora / ionosphere mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 152 km (94 mi).

1978 April 12 - . 01:43 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • O / Ozone profile Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).

1979 February 26 - . Launch Site: Red Lake. Launch Complex: Red Lake CHK. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Eclipse mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 132 km (82 mi).

1979 December 17 - . 06:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Fort Churchill. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: Canada. Agency: NRCC. Apogee: 138 km (85 mi).

1999 July 5 - . 23:36 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • MD-DR-04 DROPPS-1 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 117 km (72 mi).

1999 July 14 - . 03:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Andoya. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant VA.
  • MD-DR-13 DROPPS-2 Aeronomy mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 118 km (73 mi).


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