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Black Brant XI
Part of Black Brant Family
Canadian sounding rocket. Three stage vehicle. Payload weights of 320 kg to 500 km or 550 kg to 350 km altitude.

AKA: Black Brant 11. Status: Active. First Launch: 1990-02-01. Last Launch: 2012-07-23. Number: 8 . Gross mass: 5,300 kg (11,600 lb). Height: 17.00 m (55.00 ft). Diameter: 0.76 m (2.49 ft). Apogee: 1,400 km (800 mi).

The Black Brant XI rocket system was a three stage system used primarily to carry heavy payloads to high altitudes. Its development was a spin-off of the Black Brant XII development. The first and second stages were the Mk 11 Mod 5 Talos rocket motor and the Taurus motor. The third stage was a modified Black Brant VC motor. The Black Brant nozzle was extended for exoatmospheric use and the tail cone was changed to enclose the nozzle. The aft end of the tail cone had a restraining device to keep the Taurus and Black Brant connected during second stage coasting. This motor configuration made up the first three stages of the Black Brant XII.

The standard payload configuration for the Black Brant XI vehicle was 0.44 cm in diameter with a 3:1 ogive nose shape.



Country: Canada. Launch Sites: Wallops Island, Poker Flat, Wallops Island LA1. Stages: 26KS20000, Taurus engine, Talos Mk 11 Mod 2. Agency: Bristol.

1990 February 1 - . 12:07 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • Aurora mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 375 km (233 mi).

1992 March 29 - . 07:27 GMT - . Launch Site: Poker Flat. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • CHARGE-2B Ionosphere / tether mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 267 km (165 mi).

2003 May 30 - . 09:35 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • RED DOG Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2003 June 2 - . 09:28 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • RED DOG Target mission - . Nation: USA. Agency: Lincoln, NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2006 September 23 - . 15:17 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • Igniter test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2008 June 26 - . 19:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. Launch Complex: Wallops Island LA1. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • NGSP-1 - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Apogee: 300 km (180 mi).

2009 September 19 - . 23:46 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • NASA 39.009DR - . Mass: 283 kg (623 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: Clemson. Chemical release.

2012 July 23 - . 11:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Wallops Island. LV Family: Black Brant. Launch Vehicle: Black Brant XI.
  • NASA 39.011NR - . Nation: USA. Apogee: 458 km (284 mi). Reentry test mission..


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